PARAMUS, N.J. (WPIX)—The body of a Brooklyn rap artist known as "KAMPANE" was found shot and burned in Paramus, New Jersey, Tuesday morning.
The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office says 33-year-old Rhian H. Stoute was found in the cargo area of a black S.U.V. parked on suburban street, Village Circle West.
Investigators say he had a gunshot wound, and was partially burned - which made him difficult to initially identify. The also do not believe he was killed where he was found, and the case is being treated as a homicide.
Stoute, who was from Brooklyn, released the single "What You Drinkin' On," in the Winter 2010 under the stage name KAMPANE. The song made it to the radio, and was part of a mixtape showcasing new work.
According to his website, Stoute was related to a producer who'd worked with Jay-Z, and Stoute himself first worked with a group who'd signed with Jay's Roc-a-fella records, before starting to tour on his own in 2006.
His website, www.iamkampane.com, opens with the sound of a police siren, followed by the sound of a hospital "flatline."
In an exclusive interview with PIX 11 News early Wednesday morning, a woman reached at the address listed as Stoute's home and who identified herself as his mother Phyllis, said of Stoute, "He was a very loving son. He brought everyone together."