Atlanta, GA – Dave East woke up to some terrible news involving his longtime friend Cliff Dixon. According to TMZ, Dixon — Love & Hip Hop star Erica Mena’s ex and close friend of Kevin Durant — was shot and killed in Atlanta in the early hours of Thursday (March 21) while out celebrating his birthday.

Police say he was partying at the ATL’s SL Lounge when an apparent lone gunman opened fire outside the venue around 1 a.m. local time. Although cops are currently investigating, they haven’t determined if Dixon was the sole intended target.

Dixon was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Upon hearing the news, East shared an Instagram post about his late friend. He reveled Dixon had recently been at his studio session.

“I Can’t think of no memories with @easymoneysniper or @tdurant And u wasn’t there,” he wrote in the caption. “We been cool since like 16-17 years old U was just in my session in Atlanta listening to my album this shit super wacc!!!!

“Rest in heavenly peace bro u ain’t deserve whatever happen to u all we talked about was ball bitches and gettin to it!!!! God bless you cuzo real shit ?? @cldtoon@akbar__v hold ya head I know y’all was close.”

Police said Dixon was standing in the SL Lounge parking lot when he was shot multiple times. An officer, who was sitting in his patrol unit outside of the club, reportedly saw a black male wearing all black and a black skull cap fire at the victim. Witnesses attempted to chase the suspect, but they were unable able to keep up.

The death is being investigated as a homicide.