The UK’s Independent Police Complaints Commission is reportedly investigating the death today, of veteran dancehall/reggae artiste David ‘Smiley Culture’ Emmanuel, who allegedly died of a self-inflicted stab wound during a police drug raid on his home in Warlingham, Surrey.
According to the UK Sun: Reggae star Smiley Culture stabbed himself to death yesterday after being arrested in a drugs bust. The 48-year-old asked police if he could make a cup of tea before being taken into custody. Detectives allowed Smiley – real name David Emmanuel – to go and put the kettle on in his kitchen. But the star – who had a 1984 hit with a song called Police Officer – grabbed a carving knife and stabbed himself in the heart. Stunned cops found him dying from the self-inflicted wound. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to probe his death but sources stressed there were no suspicious circumstances. Smiley – who also had a big hit with Cockney Translation about the struggle of Jamaicans to understand London accents – was already on bail over a £250,000 cocaine seizure before yesterday’s 7am raid on his home in Warlingham, Surrey.
Additional news reports on the incident:
Herald Sun – UK reggae star Smiley Culture dies during police raid
Sky News – Reggae Star Smiley Culture Dies In Drugs Raid