UK Rap veteran Big Hypes aka Hypo has died after he was stabbed at a Jubilee Bank Holiday party in Redbridge. Hypo, who is aged in his 30s, filmed himself at the event on Chigwell Road in Woodford Green shortly before he was attacked and killed. Police said they were called at about 00.10am on Friday, 3 June to reports of a fight at a venue on Chigwell Road in Woodford Green. Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found him suffering from stab injuries.
Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Hypo shot to fame with his Mashtown group, performing alongside Asco and Margs and they had appeared on Tim Westwood TV. Hundreds of friends and fans have paid tribute to Hypo on social media with many sharing videos of him performing.
Actress Tanika Bailey paid her tributes on social media and said: “Hypo.. my big brother.. we fight like cat & dog! , but I would’ve never wished death on you.. only Jah know, I’m sorry this happened!”
Police have said that they believe the event was a “party” where a number of people would have been in attendance. Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith has said that its possible the “events leading up to the stabbing, and perhaps the murder itself, were captured on people’s phones.”
They are urging witnesses to come forward. “I would urge anyone who is yet to speak with us to come forward and let us know what you saw,” he said. “Please take a look and call us. It is vital that we establish what happened.” No arrests have been made and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.
Although we await formal identification, the deceased is believed to be 39-year-old Lamar Jackson of Hackney. Mr Jackson’s family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.