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The police watchdog is investigating the death of the British reggae star Smiley Culture during a Metropolitan police raid.

The 48-year-old singer and MC, whose real name was David Emmanuel, died on Tuesday from a stab wound sustained as officers visited his house in Warlingham, Surrey to make an arrest.

Although it is unclear how Emmanuel was injured, investigators are understood to be looking into whether the wound was self-inflicted.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “As part of an ongoing operation, officers from the Metropolitan police service’s serious and organised crime command attended a residential address in east Surrey to carry out an arrest warrant.

“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 IPCC confirmed that it was looking into the death.

Mike Franklin, IPCC commissioner for the south east, said: “We will be looking into the planning of the arrest, the way in which it was carried out and the actions of all the officers who were present at the time of the incident.”

A march for human rights and justice for all organised by the family of Smiley Culture.

  • Saturday 16 April 2011, 12pm
  • Assemble at Southbank Club Gym, 124 -130 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2DL to march to Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SW1H 0BG

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