Police have confirmed that Takayo Nembhard, a 21-year-old rapper from Bristol, was stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival over the weekend and later died.
Nembhard, who performed under the stage name TKorStretch and had more than 10,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, came to Carnival “with his little sister and their friends to have a good time,” his representative Chris Patrick said in a statement. “This is the worst possible end for a talented boy.”
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said officers were made aware at around 8pm on Monday (29 August) of a stabbing in Ladbroke Grove, under the Westway flyover. Police and paramedics reportedly administered first aid to TKorStretch before he was taken to hospital, where he later died. A murder investigation has since been launched.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was “disgusted” by the stabbing: “Violence has no place on our streets and we are doing everything possible to eradicate it,” he said. “There is no honor in remaining silent.”
To honor TKorStretch, their manager, Patrick, posted on Instagram his message: “Two years ago a 19 year old from Bristol came to meet me in my studio with his father. His name was Takayo Nembhard AKA TKorStretch.”
“That meeting took us on a journey. We recorded great music together. His talent was limitless and I can tell you he was close to greatness. So it is with a heavy heart that I bring the news that Takayo passed away last night. He came all the way from Bristol to have a good time.” at the London Carnival and this is the final result,” the post continued.
Patrick added: “My deepest condolences to TK’s mother, father, brother, two sisters, girlfriend and son, who will never know his father. My friend.”