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Jury consider Smiley Culture death verdict

HOME DEATH: Police claim Smiley Culture stabbed himself

A DECISION on the inquest into the death of reggae artist Smiley Culture may be decided later today, as the jury has retired to consider its verdict.

Born David Emmanuel, the 48-year-old singer died on March 15, 2011, during a police raid at his home on Hillbury Road, Warlingham, Surrey.

The inquest has heard how Emmanuel fatally stabbed himself in the chest while four officers were searching his house in relation to a drugs investigation.

The pop star was declared dead at the scene.

Emmanuel was due to attend stand trial the following week, accused of supplying of class A drugs – a charge he pleaded not guilty.

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