by Oke Efagene
Father of American singer, Mary J. Blige, is reportedly in a critical condition at a Michigan hospital after being stabbed yesterday morning.
Thomas Blige, 63, was said to have been stabbed in the neck by his ex-girlfriend during a domestic dispute at an apartment complex in Battle Creek, Michigan.
It was reported that Mr Blige confronted his girlfriend because he believed she ha slashed his car tires. His roommate said the singer’s father could hear the air hissing from his tires from his apartment window.
According to a report by Naturally Moi:
When he ran out to check on his vehicle, he found his ex-girlfriend near the car with a knife, and all four tires on his SUV had been punctured. Mr. Blige confronted his girlfriend and she stabbed him in the neck and side. He returned to his apartment and bled profusely in the floor. His roommate tried to cover his wounds with towels until the paramedics arrived.
When police arrived to Mr. Blige’s apartment at the Arbors of Battle Creek they found he had three stab wounds, one of which was made to his neck.
Police arrested the girlfriend who they found in her own apartment wearing blood splattered clothing. She had apparently received a cut herself during the altercation. Police took her to the hospital to be treated before taking her on to jail, where she is awaiting her arraignment scheduled for Friday.
According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Mr. Blige was rushed to the emergency room and had to undergo surgery at a hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WOOD TV 8 reported that he is in critical condition.This apparently was not the first time police have responded to domestic disturbance calls between the two. In fact, there are at least seven calls on record of domestic violence complaints related to Mr. Blige and his former girlfriend. In October, the ex-girlfriend pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated domestic violence against Mr. Blige and was placed on six months probation.
In previous interviews, Mary J. Blige has described her dad as a jazz musician and a Vietnam War veteran who suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome. Mary told Biography.com that her father abused her mother. “He left us when I was 4, but he’d come back from time to time and abuse her some more,” she reportedly said.
Wood TV 8 reported Thursday night that Thomas Blige’s condition has been ugraded from critical to serious, according to his roommate.