Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel has reportedly escaped from prison.

Vybz Kartel had been denied bail after being charged with two murders.

The popular artist had been in custody since October 1 after being charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of a firearm following the deaths of Clive 'Lizard' Williams in August and Gregory Park in July reports metro.co.uk.

According to latest information Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, escaped from Horizon Adult Remand Centre with seven other inmates after taking prison guards hostage at gunpoint.

It looks as if a prison officer died of a heart attack as a result of the escape with 12 others sustaining injuries. Two of them had been shot.

The break involved prisoners taking officers clothing and car keys in the bid for freedom impersonating prison guards.

The prisoners escaped from prison ground using a maintenance pick-up truck at around 1.45am local time.

One of the prisoners was captured by the police, the rest are still on the run.

Kartel and the other escapees are now apparently listed as 'Jamaica's most wanted criminals'.