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Fiancée’s moving tribute to hip-hop artist who died after fall from flat

"His lyrics were raw and honest and he was a brilliant musician and friend to so many"

06 July, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

THE fiancée of a popular Islington hip-hop artist has said she misses him “every second” after he died falling several storeys from a flat.

Police are investigating how Dean Martin Laskowski, known by his stage name “Lxsko”, fell from flats in Ann Street on the Packington estate. Officers are treating his death as “unexplained” as they await findings of a post-mortem, the Metropolitan Police said yesterday (Thursday).

Brena Seree Schriber, his fiancée, paid tribute to the talented 29-year-old. “He always stood up for the underdog, reached out to people who were struggling, and had a motivation to live his dreams like no one I have ever met,” she told the Tribune.

“Dean was fiercely talented, loyal to his family and genuinely cared about his fans.”

The 27-year-old added: “I loved Dean very much and miss him every second.”

Mr Laskowski, who began making music about five years ago, had built up a huge fan base, known as his “wolfpxck”.

He released his first mixtape,“Tower Block Dream”, in 2014. It was inspired by a difficult youth, being kicked out of school and coping in London with no money while supporting his mother.

Four mixtapes and an EP later, he was in the process of releasing an album.

Ms Schriber, a volunteer firefighter who lives in Texas, said: “He poured everything into his music, all of his experiences, his pain, his love, his regrets and mistakes.

“His lyrics were raw and honest and he was a brilliant musician and friend to so many.”

Close friend and fellow musician, Lee Hawkins, plans to put together a tribute song to Mr Laskowski.

Mr Hawkins, who goes by the stage name FazedottArtist, said: “He was really willing to do anything for everyone and he never expected you to do anything in return.”

In dedication to him, Ms Schriber said she will be releasing her fiancée’s album – BXD WOLF – on Twitter soon.

He was due to move to join his fiancée in Texas, where they were to marry.

“I hope the release of his last album inspires all who hear it,” Ms Schriber said. “I hope the wolfpxck continues to grow for many years to come. Forever in our hearts and in our headphones, we will always miss Lxsko.”

Police said they were called to Ann Street at 5.06am on Saturday, June 9, to reports of a man having fallen from flats.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after falling a “number of floors” to the ground.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “Officers from Central North Command Unit continue with inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, which is being treated as unexplained at this time.

“At this stage, police and the coroner’s officer await the findings of the post-mortem.

“House-to-house inquiries have been conducted in order to identify witnesses.”

An inquest into Mr Laskowski’s death has been scheduled for November. Any further witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference CAD1656/09JUN.

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