View Full Version : Reggae Star Stabs Himself To Death Over Cocaine

The Informer
16th March 2011, 09:01 PM
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.

One source said: "Smiley must have thought he was going away for a long time and decided he could not handle it. "While the Old Bill were sitting waiting for their cuppa he took a carving knife and stabbed himself right in the heart with it." Yesterday's swoop came after two kilos of coke were recovered from a drugs mule who had swallowed them before trying to enter the UK.

Smiley was alleged to have been part of a ring involved in the plot. A Met spokesman said: "Officers attended an address in Surrey to make an arrest. While they were there an incident occurred when a 48-year-old man died."

Source: thesun.co.uk