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The angry family of reggae star Smiley Culture are demanding police explain how he died as his house was being raided. Smiley – real name David Emmanuel – was found dead after officers burst in on Tuesday. Police told the 48-year-old singer’s relatives he stabbed himself with a kitchen knife while making a cup of tea.
However, he insisted that his main interest was gold mining. As he told it, Cockney Translation had resulted in him being courted by some "serious businessmen in the East End", who had given him money to make various investments. As a result, he said, he had built up gold and diamond mine concessions in several African countries.
On 28 September 2010, shortly after these claims appeared in the Guardian, Emmanuel was charged with conspiracy to supply coc aine at Croydon magistrate's court in London.