Ex-gangster Dave Courtney known as most feared man in Britain has died

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    The ex-gangster known as the "most feared man in Britain" has tragically died.

    Dave Courtney of Pulmsted, South London was found dead at his home early this morning (Sunday, October 22) with a suspected gunshot wound, according to The Sun.

    Police were called to the home at around 11am. Mr Courtney was pronounced dead shortly after. A spokesperson for the Met Police said: "Police were called at about 11:25hrs on Sunday, 22 October to a residential address on Chestnut Rise, SE18 following reports of a man found deceased.

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    "Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A 64-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been informed.

    "Formal identification has not taken place. The death is currently being treated as unexpected and is under investigation. There have been no arrests."

    The hard man turned author and actor is known for his relationships with gangsters such as Krays, Roy Shaw and Lenny McLean.

    Tributes have already begun to flood in from fans on social media. One person said: “R.I.P. Dave Courtney. A man who was a face on the rave scene from running doors in early days to being in the raves in the late 90’s and beyond.

    “Such a character and top bloke. Thinking of his family and close ones”.

    Another added: “RIP Dave Courtney, legend brav”. A third said: “I met Dave Courtney a few times. He was p*ss funny and had a heart of gold. RIP proper old school gentleman.”

    Mr Courtney, who was born in Bermondsey but lived in Plumstead, was a member of the Richardson Gang. He has written six books about his delinquent past and was reportedly the inspiration behind Vinnie Jones' character Big Chris in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

    The self-proclaimed ex-gangster had been shot, stabbed, had his nose bitten off then reattached, and killed to stay alive, according to his website.

    Alongside his title of “the hardest man in Britain”, he was also known as the “yellow pages of the Underworld”.

    The Daily Star previously reported how Mr Courtney called his home his “Camelot Castle”. It boasts a vast amount of prop weapons, a nightclub, a sex dungeon, and a portrait of himself flanked by famous criminals.

    The home, a former school converted into a white mansion, had been decked out with guns, swords, suits of armour, images of the late Queen, and a bust of his own head.

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