A British lawyer to the rich and famous has died in a body surfing accident while visiting family in Gibraltar.
It is believed Arthur Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, 64, got caught up in rough seas on Wednesday morning.
Mr Lawson-Cruttenden, who represented Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, David Walliams and rock group The Clash, was body surfing off East Side, and was pulled out of the sea near Catalan Bay by traffic officers.
Paramedics and hospital staff attempted to revive the former army lieutenant and triathlete, but he could not be saved.
He had been in Gibraltar to visit his daughter, according to reports.
The Royal Gibraltar Police said in a statement: “The RGP confirms that the 64-year-old British national pulled out of the water by police officers [Wednesday] morning at the East Side Reclamation, by Catalan Bay, has passed away.
“Arthur Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, an ex-triathlete who was visiting family in Gibraltar, got into difficulties after going body surfing at the East Side this morning, having to be pulled out of the sea by traffic officers who were the first on scene.
“Despite intense and protracted efforts by the officers, GHA Ambulance Service personnel and the staff in the A&E Department at St Bernard’s Hospital Mr Lawson could not be revived.
“The RGP wishes to convey to Mr Lawson’s family and friends its most sincere condolences for their loss.”
The coroner has opened an enquiry.
Mr Lawson-Cruttenden, a Cambridge graduate originally from north London, represented musicians and actors over a 40-year legal career.
He specialised in harassment claims, stalking and reputation management, working on cases involving social media harassment, “revenge porn” and “passing off”, according to a profile on the website of DG Law, the firm where he was a solicitor advocate.
The page said he enjoyed playing squash and swimming in open water in his free time.
His LinkedIn profile says he represented Mr Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols in 1980 and afterwards developed “a ‘punk law practice’ which included The Clash and The Blockheads”.
It says he acted as an advocate in Mr Walliams and his now ex-wife Lara Stone’s case against paparazzi.
The couple failed to bring a harassment claim against a freelance photographer after they were granted a temporary injunction against paparazzi two days before their 2010 wedding.
A 2007 profile by the BBC’s Inside Out described him as “the solicitor protesters love to hate”.
It said he specialised in using legislation designed to stop stalking and to restrict activists’ right to protest, and helped to draft the Stalking Bill 1996 and 1997 Protection from Harassment Act.
He had used the act to secure High Court injunctions against animal rights and environmental groups limiting how and where protests could take place and even who could take part.
He had previously run his own law firm, and was honorary legal adviser for the Blues and Royals, his former regiment, according to the profile.
He was listed as director of the Friends of Gibraltar Heritage Society.