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R.I.P. Bad News Brown (Paul Frappier)
Posted by Steve Juon at Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at 2:30AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

A rapper who was mentioned a little under two months ago in our La Force Du Nombre review has met with an untimely and unfortunate end. We thank both DJ Prolifik on Facebook and the Plasterazzi website for passing on this news. More details below courtesy of the latter, but please visit their link for the full article. Our condolences to his family as well as his fans in Montreal and worldwide.

A popular Montreal musician, who’s opened for stars like Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and 50 Cent, was killed early Saturday in Little Burgundy.

The body of Bad News Brown was found near Richmond and William Sts., a gritty, mostly industrial area near the Lachine Canal. Although sources say Frappier was shot, police say they won’t be confirming the nature of the fatal attack until they make an arrest.

His real name was Paul Frappier. He was 33. A native of Haiti, he was adopted by a Montreal family and rose to become one of the city’s leading harmonica players and hip-hop musicians.

He is survived by brother Louis Frappier, who confirmed the rapper’s death, though Montreal police wouldn’t reveal the identity of the victim.

Police say Frappier’s body was found by people walking near the corner of Richmond and William. He was declared dead on the scene and brought straight to the morgue, police said.

A police official said there were “clear traces of violence on his upper body.” But the official said he could not confirm Frappier died of a gunshot wound.

“It seems to be very nonsensical – there’s seems to have been no sense or purpose to this at all, which is the case with a lot of violence in general,” said Haig Vartzbedian, producer of Bad News Brown’s 2009 album Born 2 Sin.

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