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Man charged with murder following TV star death in Upper Holloway

Leon Tayler charged with murdering Pimp My Ride UK star Alcivradis Mavredis

12 August, 2019

Alcivradis Mavredis, known as ‘Big Al’, with his mother Vassiliky

A 26-year-old man was charged with murder following the death of Alcivradis Mavredis, 59, who featured in MTV’s Pimp My Ride UK as a mechanic in the noughties.

Leon Tayler, 26, of Cornwallis Square, was charged by postal requisition today and will next appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on September 5.

He had previously been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Mavredis. But Mr Mavredis died at an East London Hospital on July 31 after 18 days in a coma after he was injured at the Royal Oak pub in the Elthorne Estate.

As the Tribune previously reported, there has been an outpouring of tributes from Mr Mavredis’ family and friends.

His sister Cleopatra Mavredis said: “He had a relaxed attitude to everything. My brother wanted to be free and people could feel that when they were around him.”

A post-mortem examination on August 2 gave the cause of death as a head injury.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 020 8345 3734.

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