British Reggae star Smiley Culture dies during police raid on Surrey home

48-year old British Reggae veteran Smiley Culture died earlier today (March 15) from a stab wound which he sustained after UK metropolitan police officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey at 7:00 GMT to make an arrest.

According to reports, The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) have confirmed that they are investigating the death of the Reggae singer and DJ with some reported suggestions that the stab wound which led to his demise might have been self-inflicted.

Earlier today, a spokeman for The Scotland Yard said: “As part of an ongoing operation, officers from the Metropolitan police service’s serious and organised crime command attended a residential address in east Surrey to carry out an arrest warrant. While they were at the address, an incident occurred during which a 48-year-old man died. Officers from Surrey police attended the incident and it has been formally referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

The IPCC commissioner for the south east, Mike Franklin is quoted to have said, “We will be looking into the planning of the arrest, the way in which it was carried out and the actions of all the officers who were present at the time of the incident.”

Smiley Culture, whose real name was David Emmanuel, was most popularly known for his critically acclaimed ’80s singles “Police Officer” and “Cockney Translation,” recently featured in the BBC4 documentary Reggae Britannia which explored the rise of UK reggae.

Smiley Culture – “Police Officer”:

[Source: Guardian]

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