Dave Courtney, a 64-year-old actor and former London gangster, is dead.
Early on Sunday morning, Mr. Courtney, who claimed to be a friend of the infamous Kray brothers, was discovered dead in his Chestnut Rise, Plumstead, residence.
Mr. Courtney “took his own life,” according to a statement on his Instagram account that announced his passing.
It read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Courtney at the age of 64.”
According to rumors, Vinnie Jones’s role in Guy Ritchie’s gangster movie Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels was modeled after Mr. Courtney.
He gave up a life of crime to pursue an author and actor career, releasing six books and appearing in the movie “Hell to Pay.”
Mr. Courtney could be seen watching Charlton Athletic defeat Reading 4-0 in his farewell Facebook post.
The Metropolitan Police reported responding to a call at approximately 11:25 BST regarding the discovery of a deceased man at an address on Chestnut Rise.
The police confirmed the man, aged 64, was found dead at the scene, and his family has been informed.
Official identification has not been completed, and the death, deemed unexpected, is currently under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.
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