MoneySign Sweden dead at 22
- The rapper was at the Correctional Training Center in Soledad, Calif., serving a 32-month sentence for firearms
- He had disappeared during a night count and was later discovered in the shower
- Officials attempted CPR but he was quickly pronounced dead
Rapper MoneySign Suede was found dead of an apparent stab wound in prison, according to TMZ.
The up-and-coming Los Angeles-based rapper had been laid to rest at the Correctional Training Center in Soledad, California.
Jail officials told the publication they were investigating MoneySign Sweden’s death as a homicide.
The rapper (born Jaime Brugada Valdez) was reported missing after a count was made Tuesday evening around 9:55 p.m.
The sources said the rapper was later found in another part of the prison, where he was allegedly tried to perform CPR.
Fallen star: Rising rapper MoneySign Suede (born Jaime Brugada Valdez) was found dead at the Correctional Training Center in Soledad, California on Tuesday night
Odd place: An unnamed prisoner told the Los Angeles Times that the rapper had been at home with the general population, rather than in the sensitive-needs yard for more high-profile prisoners; the illustrated correctional training center
However, he was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m.
Since his death, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has announced that the prison is restricting the movement of prisoners.
The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating the rapper’s death, while the Monterey County Coroner is working to determine the cause of his death.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, MoneySign Sweden attorney Nicholas Rosenberg said he was told his client was stabbed in the neck in the shower.
A prisoner who spoke to the newspaper anonymously noted that the rapper was discovered in a part of the prison housing general population prisoners.
He said it was unusual because a rapper would typically be housed in the Sensitive Needs yard, which is for prisoners who have specific security fears or have public profiles.
However, the rapper was early in his career, so it’s unclear if his profile was high enough to warrant this kind of protection.
MoneySign Sweden was serving a 32-month sentence for firearms charges in Riverside County, according to his attorney.
Firearms: He was serving a 32-month sentence for two firearms charges, despite having already pleaded to another firearms charge in Los Angeles County; photo taken on March 30
Horrible: According to his lawyer, he was discovered with stab wounds to the neck in the prison shower. He had disappeared during an earlier count
In court: The rapper had more legal trouble on the horizon as he was hit with another LA County firearms charge
The rapper had more legal trouble on the horizon as he was hit with another Los Angeles County firearms charge.
However, he had already pleaded the charge and was due to receive a two-year prison sentence which he would likely serve alongside his previous sentence.
He had surrendered in December last year.
MoneySign Suede had boosted his career in 2021 when he signed with Atlantic Records. The label released their latest album Parkside Baby in September 2022.