London (CNN) — \”Great Train Robber\” Ronnie Biggs — one of the most notorious British criminals of the 20th century — has died, his publisher told CNN on Wednesday. He was 84.
Biggs, who despite his crimes became the subject of books, films and TV shows and even recorded a single with the Sex Pistols, had been released from prison in 2009 on health grounds.
Cliff Moulder, of publisher MPress, told CNN that close family and friends informed him that Biggs passed away early Wednesday. Moulder published Biggs\’ most recent books, \”Odd Man Out: The Last Straw,\” and \”The Great Train Robbery — 50th Anniversary Special.\”
Biggs earned his nickname from that train robbery, an infamous 1963 heist dubbed the \”crime of the century.\” It was an act that transformed him from a petty London