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How Did Cliff Dixon Die? New Details On The Tragic Death Of Erica Mena's Ex-Boyfriend At 32

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How Did Cliff Dixon Die? New Details On The Tragic Death Of Erica Mena's Ex-Boyfriend At 32

Love & Hip Hop star Erica Mena's ex-boyfriend Cliff Dixon was shot and killed around 1am Thursday, March 21st at SL Lounge in Atlanta. Reportedly, a lone gunman opened fire in front of the nightclub. Dixon, who was friends with NBA stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 32 years old. Authorities responded very quickly to the incident as there was an officer nearby patrolling the area when he saw a black male wearing all black and a black skull cap open fire on Dixon. The incident is under investigation and it is still unknown whether Dixon was the target or not. Who is Erica Mena's ex-boyfriend and how did Cliff Dixon die?

1. He had advertised where he would be that night

On Wednesday, Dixon, a former basketball player, advertised his "birthday celebration" in a number of posts on his IG story. One of them was a flyer that read "Bryan Michael Cox and Keith Thomas present a birthday celebration for Cliff." The flyer revealed the location of the party, which was accessible to the public. Dixon also posted a photo of himself in which he was smiling and captioned it: “I ain’t pick no sides..I ain’t change up..Thank you for all the bday love! Ah ni**a made it another year."


A post shared by Cliff Dixon (@cldtoon) on Mar 17, 2019 at 6:39pm PDT

2. Cliff and Erica

Erica Mena and Cliff Dixon dated for about 10 months. They broke up sometime late last year. They had a rocky relationship and were both arrested in October 2018 after they got into a physical altercation at Erica's house. At the time of Dixon's death, Mena was in Jamaica with her fiancee, Love & Hip Hop star and rapper Safaree Samuels. He propsed to Mena on Christmas Eve 2018 with a 14-carat ring worth $175,000.


A post shared by Erica Mena Samuels (@iamerica_mena) on Mar 18, 2019 at 7:42pm PDT

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3. Erica Mena's tribute

In a heartbreaking post to her Instagram stories, Erica Mena posted: "We all deal with so much. You dealt with a lot. I'm so sorry this happened, you didn't deserve this. Rest in forever peace. Watch over your blood sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and your mommy. I know they are so broken right now." 


A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Mar 21, 2019 at 1:09pm PDT

4. He didn't even get to his own party

At the time Cliff Dixon was shot, he was preparing to enter the nightclub where his birthday party was being held. 


A post shared by Cliff Dixon (@cldtoon) on Mar 20, 2019 at 4:21pm PDT

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5. The official statement from the police

The Chamblee Police Department in Georgia released a statment saying: “The Chamblee Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred this morning at 0117 a.m. at the SL Lounge at 4186 Buford Hwy. The victim, 32 year-old Clifford Dixon, had just arrived at the location and was standing in the parking lot when the offender shot him multiple times. First responders administered aid, and the victim was transported to Grady Hospital where medical staff advised that he had succumbed to his injuries. The offender fled the scene on foot. Chamblee Investigators are actively working the case and following up on all available leads. If you have any information, please call the Chamblee Police Department at 770-986-5005, and ask to speak with Lt. Chris Newberry or call Atlanta Crime Stoppers at the number below.”


A post shared by Cliff Dixon (@cldtoon) on Feb 16, 2019 at 11:45pm PST

Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering entertainment, pop culture, beauty, fashion, fitness, technology, and the intersection of technology, business, and philanthropy. She is deeply devoted to her chocolate Labrador and an avid long distance runner. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.