Rapper dies after stabbing outside gig

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A teenage rapper died from stab wounds after being attacked outside a nightclub where he had just played a gig, police sources said today.

Carl Beatson Asiedu, 19, from Norbury, south London, was found by officers in one of three cars stopped after it was seen to run a red light at 5.12am on Saturday in Baylis Road, Waterloo, south London.

The victim, a student at De Montfort University in Leicester, was being driven to hospital by friends when their car was stopped, according to reports.

The ambulance service was called but Mr Beatson Asiedu was pronounced dead at the scene at 5.36am.

A post-mortem examination held at Greenwich mortuary gave the cause of death as stabbing injuries.

Today, police were questioning two men, aged 18 and 20, on suspicion of murder.

Mr Beatson Asiedu, nicknamed Charmz, had played a set at Club Life in Goding Street, Kennington, before he and another man were stabbed in a fight outside the nightclub.

The second man - also believed to be 19 years old - was found in Goding Street with stab wounds. He was taken to a south London hospital and has since been discharged.

More than 4,000 people joined a tribute group on social networking site Facebook with hundreds of messages dedicated to the "funny" and "talented" musician.

According to friends, the teenager was planning to release his first single, Buy Out Da Bar, when he was killed.

Christopher Coco told thelondonpaper a group of the rapper's friends were now working with a production company to make a professional music video with an anti-knife crime message and others were making T-shirts as a tribute.

He said: "Charmz loved music. It's what he would have wanted. His life was cut short and it wouldn't be fair if we didn't push his first single.

"I want the video to be finished before his funeral so that we can raise money to support his family."

He added: "Charmz was very popular. He had no problem with anyone and no-one hated him. He was funny, and, hence his nickname, charming."