Tributes paid to ‘friendly and generous’ Steve, found dead in his Brixton flat

KIND AND CARING: Steve was found dead on the Loughborough Park Estate, Brixton (Still image from 9 Stories in Brixton, a film by ClearView Educational Media)

Neighbours of a “kind and caring elder” found dead in his Loughborough Park flat last week have set up a website in his memory.

Steve Simpson’s decomposing body was discovered in his ground floor flat by a friend on Wednesday, and friends fear it could have been lying there for eight weeks. Neighbours had previously reported a foul smell coming from inside the one-bed apartment on the ground floor of Farmleigh House.

Residents say that Mr Simpson was taken to court to be evicted by landlords the Guinness Trust earlier this year. He was then forced to move from his old flat to a new one on the same estate around May.

Writing on the new website, Jo Hull said: “Steve was friendly and generous in spirit. He liked to help people, often cooking or doing a shop for his less able neighbours or lending out some of his vast array of tools for every occasion.”We will miss his special fried rice dinners, his crazy gadget collections and inventions, his stories of mischief from the 1970’s and 80’s London squat scene and his love of fishing and gardening.”

Another neighbour said: “His friend from the estate hadn’t seen him for several weeks and checked on him. He opened the letter box and realised something was wrong. He broke into the flat and found the body.

“We think he could have been there for six to eight weeks. Someone who was there said the smell was horrendous.”

A police spokesperson said: “Police were called to the address on Wednesday 8 August at about 7pm by a friend of the deceased who had attended the address and discovered the body.

“The deceased appeared to have lain undiscovered for some time.

“The identity of the deceased is believed to be known, but no formal identification has taken place and next of kin have not yet been informed.”

The death has been referred to the coroner.

Did you know Steve? Contact the Brixton Blog on 020 7737 5417.




  1. Just found out about steve, been trying to contact him for months and just found that he has passed away. Me and my family are gutted, my condolenses goes to all his family and would like to know where he is laid to rest so me and my family can pay our respects. He was a dear friend.

    George Richards

  2. Dear dear Steve, we have only found out this evening here in australia that you have left us from this physical plane but will always remain in our hearts ever so strongly….I thank you for being in our lives even though we live in the southern hemisphere! I have many fond memories of you from the time we met in
    1986 and your recent visit to Oz about 3 yrs ago….precious moments spent with you and my family…
    You are such a generous soul and gave our boys gifts that we will treasured. BUT your biggest gift you gave of yourself was your time to others and how caring you were.
    I will not forget your big smile, stories and love you gave freely…YOU WILL BE DEARLY MISSED. xxxxxxxx
    much love to your family in Qld xxx

  3. Steve is now absent from his body, but present with the lord in spirit. I never spoke to Steve, but I saw him around the estate over the seven years I have lived there. Its moments like this that make me wish that I took the time to acknowledge my neighbours, ask them how their day was – or even their names. For a man to pass for up to six weeks in his flat without discovery is a reflection of the cold society that we live in. Steve’s death has definitely made me rethink my ways as a neighbour. I would like to send my condolences to his family and friends.

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