Michael Menson: Age 30 | Cause Of Death: FIRE

(Died on 13 February 1997)

Michael Tachie-Menson, had five hit singles during the 1980s with his group Double Trouble.

A black musician died after being torched by three men, one of whom stole his personal stereo while he was in flames, the Old Bailey has heard.  Michael Menson, 30, was found on fire on the North Circular Road, Edmonton, north London, in January 1997. He died on 13 February 1997, from complications and two heart attacks caused by 30% burns to his back. The court heard that police at first believed Mr Menson had set fire to himself, and failed to seal off the area as a crime scene. Mr Sweeney said that it was not until Mr Menson told his brothers at his hospital bedside that he had been attacked, that an investigation began. Mr Menson, the son of a Ghanaian diplomat, had been a successful musician in the 1980s, but had suffered psychiatric problems. Just before the attack, he had moved to supported accommodation in Arnos Grove, north London, from a hospital. Mr Sweeney told the jury that in the early hours of 28 January, Mr Pereira and Mr Constantinou and their friend Mr Cevat set fire to the back of Mr Menson’s anorak, near some telephone boxes on an Edmonton street. Mr Constantinou stole his personal stereo. They then fled in a red Metro car which belonged to Pereira’s mother, and which was later sold. Mr Menson made his way, still on flames, to the nearby North Circular Road where two passing motorists, and later the emergency services, went to his aid. “~http://news.bbc.co.uk