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Reggae star stabbing death inquest opens in UK

/ 11:59 PM June 12, 2013

Reggae star Smiley Culture. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

LONDON— A British coroner has opened an inquest into the 2011 death of reggae star Smiley Culture, who was fatally stabbed in the heart during a police raid on his home.

Police say the London-born musician stabbed himself with a kitchen knife as four officers searched his house in March 2011 in connection with a drugs investigation.

Coroner Richard Travers told an inquest jury Wednesday that police would testify that the 48-year-old musician was initially relaxed but “changed completely” and became angry and violent during the visit.

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His family has called that account of events “bizarre.”

Inquests are held in Britain to establish the facts about violent or unexplained deaths.

Culture — whose real name was David Emmanuel — gained fame with 1980s hits including “Cockney Translation” and “Police Officer.”

TAGS: Police, reggae, Smiley Culture, United Kingdom
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