Reggae singer Smiley Culture dies in police raid

Musician died of a suspected stab wound

Reggae singer Smiley Culture died during a police raid yesterday (March 15).

The Brit singer, real name David Emmanuel, died of a suspected stab wound in his Warlingham house, reports BBC News. Police with an arrest warrant for him had raided his house at 7am (GMT).

Emmanuel had been due to face trial next week having been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers from Surrey Police attended the incident and it has been formally referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

IPCC Commissioner for the South East Mike Franklin 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.”

Emmanuel’s biggest hit was his 1984 single ‘Police Officer’.