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Stormzy leads tributes to murdered friend

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Image caption MOBO award-winning rapper Stormzy tweeted a tribute to Bjorn Brown who was stabbed to death

Grime artist Stormzy has led tributes to a childhood friend who was stabbed to death in a Croydon street attack.

Bjorn Brown, 23, known to friends as 'Bugz,' was repeatedly stabbed by two men in an attack in Thornton Heath just before 20:30 BST on Wednesday.

Mr Brown attempted to cycle away from the scene of the attack before he collapsed. He later died in hospital.

Award-winning rapper Stormzy tweeted: "Woke up to hear a childhood friend of mine ain't with us anymore R.I.P Bugz."

Reading footballer Callum Harriott also paid tribute to Mr Brown.

The former Charlton Athletic winger tweeted: "Lost my friend my brother and soldier had grown up and had the best memories until you left us… always n forever in my heart."

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Image caption Mr Brown was found in Bensham Lane with multiple stab wounds

A motorist who was driving past found Mr Brown, from South Norwood, lying in nearby Bensham Lane with multiple stab wounds.

He flagged down an ambulance which took Mr Brown to a south London hospital.

After his death in the early hours of Monday, a vigil was held by friends and family.

A number of Mr Brown's friends wore T-shirts with his photograph on.

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Image caption Reading Winger Callum Harriott (right) attended a vigil to Bjorn Brown

Police are looking for two male suspects who wore dark-coloured, down-filled jackets and dark trousers, who they believe fled the scene towards Cameron Road.

The first is described as a black man, of a heavy build and approximately 5ft 6ins tall.

The second is described as a black man, of a slim or average build and approximately 5ft 5ins tall.

There have been no arrests and police inquiries continue.

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