In a shocking turn of events, 22-year-old Los Angeles-based rapper MoneySign Suede was found dead in a California prison shower on Tuesday, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. MoneySign Suede, whose real name was Jaime Brugada Valdez, was in the midst of serving a 32-month sentence for two gun-related convictions when the incident occurred.
According to his attorney, Nicholas Rosenberg, Valdez was a “very popular guy, very mild-mannered.” The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the coroner’s office have confirmed the rapper’s death but have not released further details about the cause of his demise. Valdez was discovered unresponsive on the shower floor with stab wounds shortly before 10 pm (local time) following a headcount that had marked him as missing.
The CDCR stated that Valdez’s injuries were “consistent with a homicide.” Hailing from Huntington Park, the rapper was serving time at the Correctional Training Facility, which houses over 4,000 minimum and medium-security inmates.
Upon discovering Valdez, prison officials rushed to administer life-saving measures at the on-site medical facility. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to save the young rapper.
Valdez was sentenced in December 2022 on two separate gun possession charges in Riverside County. His family has expressed gratitude for the support they’ve received from fans and warned the public of potential scams, clarifying that they have not established any GoFundMe page.
MoneySign Suede was known for his hit song “Back to the Bag,” as well as other popular tracks like “Whole Time” and “Too Late.” His untimely death has left his fans and the music community in shock, mourning the loss of a promising talent.