He lived much of his life on the run.
A fugitive for 36 years, train robber Ronnie Biggs was one of Britain's most notorious criminals.
It was in the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963 when 15 men waited for a Royal Mail train that was travelling from Glasgow to London.
It was travelling along the West Coast Main Line at the Bridego Railway Bridge in Buckinghamshire.
The gang of robbers committed a crime that would later be known as "The Great Train Robbery", with the train carrying around £2.6 million, or about £46 million in today's terms.
Biggs was eventually jailed for 30 years in 1964, but escaped in 1965 by heading first to Paris then spending several years in Australia before settling in Brazil.
After returning to the UK in 2001 he was jailed once again, where he ended up in Norwich Prison six years later.
It was in Norwich that his battle with serious illness started, and he was released from custody in 2009 on 'compassionate grounds' after being taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with pneumonia.
Four years on, the train robber's death was finally announced this morning.
Few can condone his part in a violent robbery yet many would admit to being fascinated by Ronnie Biggs life.
Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey