SHOCK: R&B singer Mary J. Blige’s father, Thomas Blige, 63, is in critical condition after being stabbed by his former girlfriend during a domestic dispute. Thomas Blige was stabbed three times, including once to the neck, Thursday morning during an altercation at his home at the Arbors of Battle Creek apartment complex in Michigan, Battle Creek Enquirer reports.
Detective Sgt. Jim Martens said police believe Blige saw the woman deflating the tires on his Ford SUV in the parking lot outside the apartment and went out to confront her.
The couple argued and Blige was stabbed.
He returned to his apartment and she went to her apartment, police said. She was arrested without incident.
Martens said police have handled seven domestic violence complaints between Blige and his 50-year-old former girlfriend since August.
The woman was charged in October with aggravated domestic violence after she hit Blige in the head with a glass candlestick. She entered a no-contest plea to the charge and on Jan. 10 was placed on six months probation. She was ordered to have “non-assaultive” contact with Blige. Source: Battle Creek Enquirer
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Thomas Blige and his daughter. Women aren’t the only victims of domestic violence. Sometimes men are. This is a tragedy.
UPDATE #1 (01/24/14): Cheryl White was arraigned on an attempted murder charge in the stabbing of Thomas Blige. She is being held on a half-million dollar bond and charged with attempted murder.