Published Feb 14, 2011This weekend, the Montreal hip-hop scene lost one of its most treasured members, as rapper Bad News Brown (aka Paul Frappier) was found dead on Saturday (February 12). He was 33.
It appears that Frappier was murdered, as the CBC reports that there were "clear signs of violence," according to police. He was found on a street corner in southeast Montreal. The motive for the killing is currently unknown.
Frappier was born in Haiti and moved to Quebec as a child. After settling in Montreal with his adopted family, he began playing harmonica and eventually became a well-known busker. He was featured in Music for a Blue Train, a 2003 documentary about buskers in Montreal.
He released one studio album, 2009's Born 2 Sin. At the time of his death, he was working on a film called Bumrush, in which he was a lead actor, as well as a producer. The movie is about Montreal street gangs, and Frappier plays a character named Loosecanon. The film is due to come out on April 1, and you can see the trailer embedded below.
"He's definitely going to be deeply missed," said manager Henry Gelot. "He was a good friend; he was my artist and my business partner."
Frappier is survived by his two-year-old son, his girlfriend, his adopted parents and four siblings. According to the Montreal Gazette, his father, Pierre Frappier, said, "What really hurts is that I don't understand the reason for this; we just don't know why."