Iconic Brighton shop Dirty Harry owner found dead

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The owner of a well-known North Laine vintage clothes shop has been found dead.

Steve Pybus’ family have called for greater awareness around mental health issues after the death of the Dirty Harry shop owner.

Sussex Police discovered his body in a warehouse on Hollingdean Road January 2.

The police had been alerted by Mr Pybus’ family, who were concerned about his welfare.


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His daughter Tessa Pybus said the tragedy happened just weeks before her 23rd birthday.

She and her mother have set up a Just Giving page in aid of Mind in Brighton and Hove so people can pay tribute to Mr Pybus and make a donation to the charity.

Mr Pybus opened the shop in Sydney Street, Brighton, 20 years ago after being inspired by a visit to the Canal Jeans store in New York. His shop went on to outlive Canal Jeans and became a world-famous landmark in its own right.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “Police were called to a warehouse in Hollingdean Road, Brighton, at 10.50pm on Thursday January, 2 and found the body of a 61-year-old man.”

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner's officer is dealing.”

Miss Pybus said: “My dad knew everyone one and he was always fizzing with energy.

“I lived with him and I worked with him and that made us very close.

“He was obviously suffering, but there is still such a stigma around mental health issues that people won’t even tell those they love most that they are suffering.

“That’s why we want to get the message out that there is help that people can get.”

Brighton-based graffiti artist Eddie Stobart, Miss Pybus’s boyfriend and a good friend of Mr Pybus, said: “Depression can affect event the strongest characters. Steve has suffered for a number of years but we thought he was dealing with it.”

Shocked friends and customers took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Pybus.

On the Dirty Harry Facebook site Patrick Luck said: “Oh my God. I am so shocked and upset. Steve was part of my life for over 50 years since we were kids together. A truly clever man with a big heart.”

Colin Baldock said: “I’m very shocked and saddened by this news. I knew Steve for 20 years - he had so many great stories to tell and was full of positivity.”

On the Just Giving site Jak Hutchings wrote: “My thoughts are with you all. Your dad is responsible for me being the man I am today and I'm truly grateful for knowing him and for him giving me a chance. “ The site has so far raised £477.58. The funeral will take place at Woodvale Crematorium in Lewes Road on January 21.

Visit the Just Giving page at justgiving.com/Steve-Pybus.

If you are contemplating suicide you should call the Samaritans support service on 08457 90 90 90 or contact your GP.

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2:06pm Fri 10 Jan 14

MuammarQaddafi says...

Didn't know Steve well, but met him a few times whilst shopping. What a sweet fellow he was. Farewell to you, friend.
Didn't know Steve well, but met him a few times whilst shopping. What a sweet fellow he was. Farewell to you, friend. MuammarQaddafi

3:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

BagelCat says...

Rocker wrote:
A world famous landmark? Absurd and ridiculous journalism.
Much like your posting.
[quote][p][bold]Rocker[/bold] wrote: A world famous landmark? Absurd and ridiculous journalism.[/p][/quote]Much like your posting. BagelCat

3:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

BagelCat says...

Rocker wrote:
A world famous landmark? Absurd and ridiculous journalism.
Much like your posting.
[quote][p][bold]Rocker[/bold] wrote: A world famous landmark? Absurd and ridiculous journalism.[/p][/quote]Much like your posting. BagelCat

6:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

Very sad, we need more help and resources for people suffering from mental health illnesses. And a lot more understanding.
Very sad, we need more help and resources for people suffering from mental health illnesses. And a lot more understanding. sussexram40

7:58pm Fri 10 Jan 14

micklin says...

RIP Steve the Millwall fan from Mick the Brighton fan. Top fella, said it how it was!!
RIP Steve the Millwall fan from Mick the Brighton fan. Top fella, said it how it was!! micklin

7:52pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Lucky P says...

Further to my published quote I can honestly say that I , as a friend of long standing, had absolutely no idea that Steve had any issues that would worry him. It just goes to show that mental health is , to others not affected, not easily recognisable . The facade of outward strength and bravado shown to others is sometimes not enough to promote inner peace . I sincerely hope that anyone feeling desperate and unable to cope with life will seek help . He had the love of a good family at home and came from a wider family that loved and resected him , I am desperately sad for them all. He was a fearless individual and a workaholic . He enjoyed a good debate and was politically well informed. I personally respected Steve on several levels and loved him as a good friend . Wherever his God takes him I hope that he finds peace.
Further to my published quote I can honestly say that I , as a friend of long standing, had absolutely no idea that Steve had any issues that would worry him. It just goes to show that mental health is , to others not affected, not easily recognisable . The facade of outward strength and bravado shown to others is sometimes not enough to promote inner peace . I sincerely hope that anyone feeling desperate and unable to cope with life will seek help . He had the love of a good family at home and came from a wider family that loved and resected him , I am desperately sad for them all. He was a fearless individual and a workaholic . He enjoyed a good debate and was politically well informed. I personally respected Steve on several levels and loved him as a good friend . Wherever his God takes him I hope that he finds peace. Lucky P

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