Cause of British rapper’s death in Brazil cannot be determined – coroner

A coroner has dominated it isn’t attainable to find out how a British rapper discovered close to the ocean in Brazil died after native police mentioned he killed himself.

Kenny Mukendi, 22, had been pushed in a taxi to a viewing spot excessive above the ocean earlier than he went lacking, an inquest into his death has heard.

The rapper went lacking in Rio de Janeiro after he left a recording studio and deactivated his Instagram and Fb accounts.

An ex-girlfriend in the UK had “damaged his coronary heart” and, in 2017, the rapper, had instructed his dad and mom he was going to Brazil as a result of he “wanted to take a break and go away”, the inquest heard.

He didn’t need to return to London till his music profession was a hit

Fleur Hallett, assistant coroner

Mukendi, also referred to as Kenny Vulcan, had featured as an additional in high-profile music movies and in JK Rowling’s Incredible Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

A backpack containing his possessions was discovered on a seaside by a browsing teacher close to the place he had final been seen, and his physique was discovered close by some days later.

He had travelled to the South American nation to spice up his music profession, and didn’t need to return till he had succeeded, the inquest heard.

Brazilian police consider Mr Mukendi took his personal life by leaping into the ocean, however a coroner concluded it had “not been attainable” to find out how Mr Mukendi died.

Mr Mukendi’s father, Ken, instructed the inquest at London Internal South Coroner’s Court docket, Southwark, his son had been “born albino”, and was “very gifted in music”.

Mr Mukendi was a last yr, performing artwork pupil who had been residing along with his dad and mom in the Thamesmead space of south-east London, the inquest was instructed.

The rapper, who had been to Brazil earlier than, started working as a mannequin and wished to spice up his music profession whereas in the nation, the inquest heard.

On the time of his disappearance, he was residing along with his new girlfriend, Renata Lima, and her household, the inquest was instructed.

In April 2018, Mr Mukendi spent the night in a recording studio the place he was additionally because of spend the night time.

He later ordered an Uber to take him on the 20-minute journey to Mirante Do Roncador, a viewing level excessive above the ocean and rocky coast, the inquest heard.

The wonder spot, west of Rio de Janeiro, was near a “far-off seaside the place no one goes” often called “Secret Seashore”, Mr Mukendi’s father mentioned in a press release learn to the inquest.

When Ms Lima tried to contact him the next day, she discovered his telephone was switched off and his Instagram and Fb accounts had been deactivated, the inquest was instructed.

He was reported lacking, and Mr Mukendi’s father travelled to Brazil to assist with the seek for 15 days.

Later that month, Mr Mukendi’s black backpack containing his laptop computer, passport and different possessions was discovered by a browsing teacher on a seaside near the place he had been dropped off by the taxi, the inquest heard.

On Could 5, a physique was discovered on rocks close by, and DNA evaluation carried out in the UK later confirmed the physique was that of Mr Mukendi, the inquest was instructed.

Giving her conclusion, assistant coroner for Internal South London, Fleur Hallett, mentioned Mr Mukendi had in 2017 “just lately damaged up along with his girlfriend and wished a change”.

She continued: “He didn’t need to return to London till his music profession was a hit.”

Brazilian police concluded Mr Mukendi had taken his personal life, the inquest heard, however Ms Hallett recorded an open conclusion as a result of it had “not been attainable to find out how Mr Mukendi got here by his death”.

A autopsy examination discovered “no proof of foul play,” the inquest heard.

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