Reggae star Smiley Culture dies at 48

Smiley Culture.
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The untimely death of reggae star Smiley Culture has been the topic of many conversations since police there released information that the cause was self-inflicted by a knife. Reportedly police were conducting a drug raid at his east Surrey home in England when the tragedy occurred.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “As part of an ongoing operation officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Serious and Organized Crime Command today attended a residential address in east Surrey to make an arrest.

“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 incident is now being investigated by a watchdog police group as well as the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

“It is really strange how a man would stab himself to death,” poet/radio presenter Mutabaruka said on his recent “Cutting Edge” broadcast from IRIE-FM in Jamaica.

Colleagues joined in the discussion citing suspicions and deference to incredible report.

Smiley Culture whose real name is David Emanuel was born in England to Caribbean parents from Jamaica and Guyana. In 1984 he released “Police Officer,” a song which topped the British charts and made him an eighties pop star. During that decade he also scored another hit with “Cockney Translation.”

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