Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

"Puff Daddy" Recalls CCNY Stampede That Left Nine Dead

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

"Puff Daddy" Recalls CCNY Stampede That Left Nine Dead

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NEW YORK- Rap impresario Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs says the deaths of nine people at a celebrity basketball game he promoted in 1991 is a tragedy he thinks about every day.

"But the things I deal with can no way measure up to the pain that the families deal with," Combs said. ,I just pray for the families and I pray for the children that lost their lives every day."

Combs spoke to reporters after testifying in court late last month for the first time about the stampede at the City University of New York's City College of New York (CCNY) campus, recalling how hundreds of people stormed the doors, crushing people into a stairway that led to the gymnasium. Nine people died and twenty-nine were injured at the event.

The rapper, producer, and CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment was in court as part of a lawsuit filed against the college and the state by the family of one of those killed and seven others who were injured at the Harlem campus on December 28, 1991. …

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