The “American Idol” winner had just finished a performance of “The Color Purple” in Los Angeles Friday when the letter was delivered in a stack of fan mail, TMZ.com reports.
Fantasia’s manager told TMZ that the singer became “alarmed” over the racially charged note, which included the n-word and a line that read “go back where you came from and die.”
Sources told TMZ the letter-writer claims to have worked as a security guard for Fox during Fantasia’s “Idol” run.
The incident was reported to the LAPD, and the venue, Pantages Theater, has stepped up its security measures.
Fantasia isn’t running scared, however. She told TMZ, “I will not be defeated by one person’s hatred.”