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Graffiti Artist King Robbo- Banksy’s Rival- Dies Aged 45

August 1, 2014

Graffiti artist King Robbo, who rose to prominence in London in the 1980s and notoriously feuded with fellow artist Banksy, has died.

The 45-year-old had been in a vegetative state since 2011 when he was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs with a head injury.

His team paid tribute to him after he died on Thursday, claiming he “changed the art world forever”.

Robbo’s tit-for-tat feud with Bansky was the subject of a TV documentary.

On Robbo’s website, his team wrote: “Peace and respect to Robbo’s close family and friends… the Crew of Team Robbo and WRH and all his many fans and supporters around the world.

“Team Robbo – “All the way” – Robbo changed the art world…forever!”

Banksy’s tribute

King Robbo’s notorious feud with Banksy began in 2009 when the Bristol-based artist painted over a Robbo tag along Regent’s Canal in Camden, which dated from 1985.

Robbo then painted his name over Banksy’s artwork, which depicted a painter and decorator hanging wallpaper over the original tag.

The street war continued and the pair painted over each other’s work numerous times.

The feud re-ignited interest in Robbo’s work, which he said gave him the impetuous to return to the art scene, and an exhibition of his paintings was subsequently held in a London gallery.

Team Robbo said he was the self-appointed king of the London graffiti scene in its 1980s heyday.

At 6ft 8in tall, he was an imposing figure on the graffiti scene, his team said.

“He was a bit of a scallywag. However you do silly things when you’re younger, but we’re now talking about a 45-year-old man,” his team said.

Banksy has paid tribute to Robbo on his website, listing the names of the graffiti crews was a part of: “Robbo WRH WD PFB – RIP”.

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