West Norfolk artist Robin Elvin, famous for his paintings of numerous leading figures from the worlds of entertainment and sport, has died.
Tributes have been paid on social media after the news of his death emerged this morning.
In a post on its Facebook page, the Lynn-based children’s charity Reach for a Star said it was “shocked and saddened” by the news.
It added: “A generous and incredibly talented man, Robin supported us with artwork donations, was always talking about planning a charity rock and roll festival for us and always asked about the treatment progress of our chairman’s son.
“A true gent with a heart of gold. He will be missed by us all.”
A Twitter post from his goddaughter, Tahnee Morgan, said: “Lost one of the most important people in my life yesterday. RIP Robin Elvin. The best godfather ever. Miss you so much already.”
Born in Birmingham in 1957, he was brought up in West Norfolk and taught himself to paint as a child.
A promising boxer in his youth, many of his most famous works depicted some of the sport’s greatest names, including Muhammed Ali, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, as well as other legendary sporting figures like Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Ian Botham, George Best and Bobby Moore.
He also released a picture of Michael Watson to help raise funds for his family after he suffered brain damage during a world title fight against Chris Eubank at White Hart Lane in 1991.
He found renewed fame in 2004 when he appeared in a BBC series Star Portraits and painted a portrait of the broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson.
Mr Elvin was also one of the first artists to paint Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer ahead of their wedding in 1981, while other famous subjects of his work included Jimi Hendrix, Walter Trout and Eric Clapton.