British reggae artist Smiley Culture dies

TOO SOON: Smiley Culture has died during a police drugs raid on his home.
TOO SOON: Smiley Culture has died during a police drugs raid on his home.

Reggae star Smiley Culture has died during a police drugs raid on his home, British media reported.

The London-born musician - whose real name is David Emmanuel - reportedly died from self-inflicted wounds when police officers swooped on his home in east Surrey, according to Britain's Press Association.

The reggae singer had appeared before magistrates in September last year charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Britain's police watchdog said Tuesday it had been called in to investigate an incident during which a 48-year-old man apparently suffered a stab wound and died.

The watchdog said formal identification has not yet taken place.

Culture shot to fame in the 1980s with hits including Cockney Translation and Police Officer.

AP