R.I.P “Popular musician Bad News Brown killed”
Bad News Brown was killed at the corner of Richmond and William Sts.
His real name was Paul Frappier. A native of Haiti, he was adopted by a Montreal family and rose to become one of Montreal’s leading harmonica players and hip-hop musicians.
He was 33.
As a teenager, he made himself known through street busking in Montreal. As his music matured, he gained recognition for the way he embedded harmonica sounds into evolving new hip-hop beats. He played in more than 200 venues around the world. He opened for Snoop Dog, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith, The Eagles and John Legend, among other main acts. Among other recent appearances, Frappier opened for Red Café at Club Soda on Jan. 9.
Although police were not confirming the identify of the victim, Frappier’s brother, Louis, confirmed to The Gazette late Saturday morning that it was his brother Paul who was killed.
“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. Police say people who were out walking at the corner of Richmond and William found Frappier’s body lying on the ground and phoned 911.
He was declared dead on the scene and brought straight to the morgue instead of hospital, 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. Police have cordoned off the intersection – one block southwest of Guy and Notre Dame Sts. – and are looking for evidence.
It is the seventh homicide this year in Montreal.
Last year on this same date, there were three.