Former gangster Dave Courtney was found dead in his bed by a friend at his Plumstead mansion, an inquest heard.

The 64-year-old was found dead at his home in Chestnut Rise at around 11.25am on October 22.

At the inquest this morning (November 22), the court was told Courtney filmed videos on his phone hours before his death. 

He was making clear his intentions and saying goodbye to loved ones including his son, daughter, and ex-wife.

Another video was also found by police from July, where Courtney explained that he intended to take his own life.

Courtney was found dead in bed by a friend after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, caused by a 9mm pistol, the court heard.

The inquest was told Courtney was "happy and chirpy" after watching Charlton beat Reading 4-0, a day before he died.

Courtney, who claimed to be an associate of 1960s gangland criminals the Kray twins, swapped an earlier life of crime for writing books in his later years.

He was rumoured to be the inspiration behind Vinnie Jones’s character in Guy Ritchie’s gangster film Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels.

After swapping his life of crime to become an author, he published six books and starred in a film called Hell To Pay.

Dave's family have since issued a statement paying homage to his "incredible, colourful, rock ‘n’ roll life".

His family posted a statement on X that said: “On October 22 2023, Dave made the decision to stop the ride.

“He had lived an incredible, colourful, rock ‘n’ roll life in which he touched the hearts of so many.

“The physical pain of living the lifestyle he chose, especially due to the pain of both cancer and arthritis in his later years, became too much.”

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