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Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs dead

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Dec 18, 2013 | 2:30am EST

Notorious British criminal Ronnie Biggs has died at the age of 84. Biggs was part of a 15-man team that stole $3.9 million (£2.6 million) from a mail train in Buckinghamshire, England, in 1963. He was sentenced to 30 years in jail for his part in the record-breaking heist, but escaped from prison in 1965 and spent more than 35 years on the run. During his time as a fugitive, he lived in Brazil for 31 years and relaunched himself as a rock musician and minor celebrity, charging tourists money to take photos of him. Biggs sang vocals on songs by the Sex Pistols, German punk band Die Toten Hosen, and Argentinian group Pilsen. He also recorded his own album, Mailbag Blues. After suffering a series of strokes, Biggs finally returned voluntarily to the U.K. to face justice in 2001 and was returned to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. He was freed on compassionate grounds in 2009, a day before his 80th birthday. He died in the early hours of Wednesday (18Dec13) at the Carlton Court Care Home in London. Withnail & I actor Ralph Brown played Biggs in a dramatisation of the Great Train Robbery, the 1988 movie Buster - which starred Phil Collins as gang member Buster Edwards.

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