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Police confirm murder of celebrity designer Billy Boyce

2012-12-27 16:50:59

Billy Boyce

Police have confirmed that the identity of a young man found dead in a north west London flat was that of celebrity designer Billy Boyce.

The 26-year-old, who has worked with several British stars including N Dubz, StooShe, Wiley and Tinie Tempah, suffered "multiple stab wounds to the torso" at his home in Kilburn on December 22.

Billy Boyce, real name Moshood Abiola Akanbi, but more commonly known as Shaun Akanbi, was a law graduate who had "swapped a steady path" to build up a cult following with his fashion line.

Friends of Mr Akanbi took to the social networking site to mourn the loss of the "talented and humble" fashion designer.

"In the biggest amount of shock right now. R.I.P Billy Boyce serious talent and such a humble guy. Life is way too short [sic]," one user wrote.

Another added: "So sad about the death of Billy Boyce. Why is it those that do amazing for themselves get their lives taken away! Smh [sic]."

"Rest in Peace Shaun..A law graduate who took the fashion industry by storm. Billy Boyce lives on. 'The love of fashion brings strangers together in love'," another mourner wrote.

At 4.45pm on the day of his death police attended an address in Cedar Lodge, Exeter Road NW2 following concerns expressed for the welfare of the occupant.

Officers forced entry to the property and found a man suffering multiple injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No-one else was in the property at the time officers entered.

An incident room has opened at Lewisham under Detective Chief Inspector Russell Taylor (HSCC).

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4868 or police on 101; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

There has been no arrest over the murder at this time.

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