May 23 2013 Latest news:
By EMMA YOULE
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
AN ASPIRING rapper from Tottenham has died after being stabbed through the heart with a champagne bottle in an east end nightclub.
Kelvin Easton - who performed under the name Smegz - was fatally wounded at the Boheme nightclub in Mile End in the early hours of Sunday (March 27).
The 23-year-old, of Gospatrick Road, Tottenham, was stabbed after a fight broke out at a “funky house” night at the club in Mile End Road.
He was attacked by a group of young men, fell to the bottom of the stairs and collapsed as terrified clubbers, many covered in blood, screamed.
Paramedics battled to save him and performed CPR when his heart stopped, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A statement from the club’s owners said: “He was attacked with a champagne bottle which struck him in the chest. Our security team reacted swiftly to attend to the situation by calling the emergency services and attempting CPR.
“We will be working alongside the police using our in-house ID scan to ensure that the person responsible is caught.”
Tributes were paid to the young rapper on the website You Tube - where he posted videos of himself performing on Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham.
One post said: “RIP Smegz, rest with the angels sweet x.”
Another said: “More like my big bro than my big cuz... R.I.P Smegz.”
In songs including Pain & Loyalty and My Life the rapper talked of guns and “rolling round the hood” and in a chilling line said “a couple of the times I can see my death”.
The nightclub where he died was re-launched as Boheme under new management last Christmas and has attracted celebrities and film crew guests in the last month, owners said.
Police have launched a murder hunt and arrested four men, aged 27, 25, 23 and 17, who have been bailed to report back to police stations in north and east London in May.
An inquest was opened and adjourned at Poplar Coroner’s Court today (Wednesday, March 30) and a post-mortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.
Detective Chief Inspector Charles King, of the homicide and serious crime squad, said: “We would urge anyone with any information about the murder of Kelvin Easton, or any witnesses to the incident in the Boheme nightclub, to come forward.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 020 8345 4142 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.