Reggae musician Smiley Culture, who scored two chart hits in the eighties, died on Tuesday following an incident with police in England.
The 'Police Officer' singer, real name David Emmanuel, is believed to have stabbed himself after officers raided his home in Warlingham, Surrey, earlier Tuesday.
He was due to face trial after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in September last year alongside four others.
A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed they were now investigating a "death following police contact".
The 47-year-old, born and raised in south London, rose to fame as a DJ with the Saxon Studio sound system.