Montreal pays a musical farewell to Bad News Brown [News/Tribute]
Montreal, QC – The following is a summary of the funeral service for Bad News Brown by Concordia University’s The Concordian newspaper.
Pierre Frappier (far left) carried an urn containing his adopted son’s ashes into St. Zotique Church, in St. Henri, for his funeral on Feb. 21. Paul Frappier, who was otherwise known by his stage name Bad News Brown, was found beaten and shot to death on Feb. 12 at the corner of Richmond and William Streets, in an industrial area of Little Burgundy. He left behind his two-year-old son Izaiah, girlfriend Natasha, three biological siblings and adoptive parents Pierre and Jocelyne. He was 33.
Hundreds of friends, family and fans attended the two-hour funeral service. Local musicians Emily Lamarche and Eric Speed performed as a tribute to the fallen hip-hop artist. Frappier’s sister also sang in his honour but, according to the CBC, she broke out into tears before she could finish the hymn.
Frappier’s manager and friend Henry-Francois Gelot described him as a “shining star on the international music scene, a humble character, a serial joker and a generous human being,” the Gazette reported.
According to various family members and friends, the local musician had no known enemies. Police have confirmed that the crime was a homicide, but so far, no arrests have been made. Frappier started his career as a busker, performing his characteristic harmonica-infused hip-hop beats around Montreal’s streets and metro stations. He released one studio album, 2009’s Born 2 Sin, under his record label Trilateral Entertainment Inc. In a eulogy given at the funeral, producer and friend Michael Suski said, “It is our duty as a city to keep Bad News Brown’s name and legacy alive – forever.”
Source: The Concordian
Photography by: Cindy Lopez
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