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Tributes paid to Upper Holloway DJ who had ‘legendary’ ear for music

Keith Marples was a well-known figure on the DJ circuit running the “Roackabilly” club nights in the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park

21 September, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

FRIENDS and family have paid tribute to a “renowned” DJ at an inquest into his death. Keith Marples, also known as Cosmic Keith, was found dead in his home by police in the New Orleans Walk estate in April.

The 52-year-old was a well-known figure on the DJ circuit running the “Roackabilly” club nights in the Boston Arms, in Tufnell Park, for more than a decade.

Friends described him as “one of our bright shining stars” and a “true maverick” with a “legendary” ear for music. His sister Rebecca Izod spoke at St Pancras Coroner’s Court on Tuesday about her “gentle” brother.

She said: “He was a really, really successful DJ in his 20s, 30s and 40s. He was renowned and travelled a lot around the world being paid a lot of money. “But he hadn’t been DJing regularly for a few years. He sustained his income by having an online shop selling bespoke T-shirts which would bring in a little money but not a lot. “I was really, really worried about him being in London and having to find £1,200 rent when his income was insufficient.”

One friend called Oscar wrote an email that the coroner read out in court. He said: “I knew he was going through a very difficult time, feeling the pressure of the eerie days of lockdown in London. He was a great friend of mine. He was very generous and an honest person who could be easily led by others.”

Ms Izod raised concerns during her evidence about Mr Marples’ relationship with a medium. She said: “My only concern, I suppose I will never really know the answer to this, but my concern is: what was the extent of the medium’s influence on my brother?”

Assistant coroner Jonathan Stevens said he had not called her to give evidence because the court “does not accept the probity of a medium,” adding “It is was not something I was prepared to entertain.”

The medium involved later told the Tribune: “We have a rule in this line of work that, anyone with mental health problems, you’re not allowed to read from. I said to him there is not too much I could do.” The inquest found Mr Marples took his own life.

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