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Swedish Hip Hop Artist Kills Jazz Pianist in Hollywood

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Jazz pianist John Osnes, 55, was walking across the street last week on November 23rd when an SUV driven by 34-year-old David Jassy crossed/edged/drifted into crosswalk as it came to a stop. Osnes, known as a "stickler for pedestrian rights," struck the vehicle with his hands, prompting Jassy to exit his vehicle and punch him, knocking Osnes' glasses off. As he went to pick them up, Jassy kicked him in the head.

Witnesses, including an off-duty Anaheim officer tried to detain Jassy, but he got free and drove off, running over Osnes in the process.

Today, the coroner's office announced that Osnes died from “blunt trauma.” Jassy is charged with assault, battery and leaving the scene of an accident, but more could be piled on as the investigation continues.

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A web page from friends has been set up in memory of Osnes. Jassy, known as Dave Monopoly, is a songwriter from Sweden.

Photo by CarbonNYC via Flickr