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PUBLISHED: 15:43 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 24 August 2010

Anthony Robinson AKA Tubby T (September 9, 1974 - May 22, 2008)

Anthony Robinson AKA Tubby T (September 9, 1974 - May 22, 2008)

by Lorraine King The music industry is mourning the death of one of Brent s most talented singer songwriters who was predicted to become a global star, writes Lorraine King. Anthony Robinson who was commonly known as Tubby T died on May 2

by Lorraine King

The music industry is mourning the death of one of Brent's most talented singer songwriters who was predicted to become a global star, writes Lorraine King.

Anthony Robinson who was commonly known as Tubby T died on May 22 after suffering his second stroke in four years. He was just 33.

The father-of-three, who grew up on the St Raphael's Estate in Neasden and lived in Kensal Green before his death, became one of the best known names in reggae, garage and grime after taking to the stage while still a pupil at Oakington Manor Primary School in Wembley.

He went on to attend Copland Community School and Alperton School, both in Wembley, and by the time he had left was supporting reggae acts such as Sweetie Ire and General Levy.

His versatility saw him singing alongside rappers like Phoebe One and other local acts.

Dave Laub, Tubby's manager, said he believed the talented singer could have gone on to be one of world's most successful stars. Describing him as a 'one off' he added: "The thing that made him unique was the way he wrote his songs, it's like he had been through it all.

"He was the most charismatic person you'd ever meet who had a big personality.

"He could have gone on to be the biggest star out there. Everyone will miss him. The world is a much sadder place without him."

Tubby was catapulted into the spotlight after he teamed up with artiste Sticky to record Tales of the Hood.

This demo resulted in him signing a 'substantial' deal with Universal Records for his debut hit.

His strong, emotional lyrics about growing up in a housing estate reached the ears of bosses at Virgin Records and they immediately offered him an album deal in 2002.

In 2004 he released his most famous tune 'Ready She Ready' on an independent label.

Some say this was his most mainstream hit with the likes of Radio One DJ Jo Whiley having a copy in her record box.

'Ready She Ready' resulted in Tubby leapfrogging up the career ladder, and his popularity mushroomed not only throughout the UK but across the US and Jamaica where he had worked with reggae singer Buju Banton.

However, tragedy struck in 2004 when Tubby suffered a major stroke which resulted in him being hospitalised for seven months.

Shortly before he fell ill he had recorded a mixed tape which was released while he was convalescing and instantly sold out.

But, Tubby's journey to recovery was a slow, painful process for him and his loved ones around him.

He lost his fight for life days after suffering from a second stroke.

Speaking on behalf of Tubby's family, his brother Martin said: "We are very upset and sad with the loss of Tubby.

"He will be greatly missed by every single person in the family. He lived for his children and will never be forgotten by any of us, especially mum.

"I would like thank to everyone who has been there throughout it all and we welcome everyone who knew him to come and say their goodbyes at his funeral."

Tubby T leaves behind a 12-year-old daughter Tianne, and sons Cameron, 7, and Keshai, 6.

He is also survived by his mother Joy Young, sisters Denise and Michelle, two brothers Scott and Martin and his partner Amanda Lodge.

lorraine.king@archant.co.uk

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