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Smiley Culture Dies in Police Raid

Smiley Culture Dies in Police Raid

Smiley Culture Dies in Police Raid

By Erik Magni on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 6 comments

British deejay dies aged 48.

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Smiley CultureBritish deejay pioneer Smiley Culture has died on Tuesday during a police raid in Surrey in the south east of England according to BBC News. He died of a suspected stab wound when police officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Command carried out an arrest warrant at his home. Smiley Culture was due to face trial next week accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Smiley Culture rose to fame in 1984 when his debut - the hilarious Cockney Translation - hit the streets. The single made fun of the cockney dialect and was an instant hit. His other hit song was titled Police Officer.

He was part of several talented British deejays, or MCs as they preferred to be called, that was popular in the early and mid eighties. This period is deeply explored on Nice Up the Dance – UK Bubblers (1984 - 1987) released last year.

Smiley Culture, whose real name was David Emmanuel, recently appeared in the BBC4 documentary Reggae Britannia. He was 48 years old at the time of the incident.

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Posted by gkenda volk on 03.15.2011
DRUGS!!!!!!!! I see the sadness in your eyes...I feel your pain...I hear your lies. I recognize your guilt and shame because our lives were once the same. I kissed the pipe...I scarred the vein...just like you, I was insane. On a mission everyday while fear and chaos led my way. And I pretended not to see that what I chose was killing me. Lost in shadows, I lived a lie. Constant heartache while I watched my dreams die. Consequences realized too late to erase the damage that I'd create. My addiction blinded me to how very sweet life could be. JAH heard my cries, HE heard my plea and broke the chains of my misery. I give thanks and praise everytime...everyday. By JAH grace and mercy, I found THE WAY.

Posted by Ones Culture on 03.17.2011
Apparently, Smiley stabbed himself in his chest in the kitchen after he made a request to the police during his arrest, to make a cup of tea, whilst they were waiting for him in the front room and for him to do so. They later went into the kitchen and found him in a collapsed state.......... RIP Smiley Culture

Posted by msraggauk on 03.17.2011
I know Smiley from back in the day, we lived in the same block of flats. He would come and chill sometimes. He and Asher seneter use to be with Saxon sound, before he even made it as a singer. Rip in my friend.

Posted by Caroll on 03.19.2011
I dont for one minute believe that Smiley Culture stabbed himself. He was not mentally disturbed so why would he? The police know what truely happened and they need to be charged and brought to justice.

Posted by Audrey on 03.25.2011
Have mercy .....how are our princes and princess suppose to feel protected when we are STILL being murdered by police??
I didnt know Smiley personnely however I remember his songs and when he was on TOTP we (The 40+'s) was so proud of him. We know the father nar sleep I pray that he gives the family enough strength and guidence to persue the truth.

Posted by mr chell on 05.23.2011
Murder springs to mind !!

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