Popular Big Issue vendor Karl ’Bubble’ Lamsdale, who once featured on the cover of The Big Issue magazine after his miraculous recovery from a hit-and-run incident, has died.
Lamsdale, who was known as Bubble to his regular customers on his pitch at Birmingham Snow Hill railway station, was found dead at his flat on April 15. The cause of death is unknown at this stage. He was 54 years old.
West Midlands Police told The Big Issue the vendor’s death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner.
There will only ever be one Bubble, he was a one-off who will be missed greatlyJon Hyde, The Big Issue’s sales and operations team leader in the West Midlands
Paying tribute to Lamsdale, The Big Issue’s sales and operations team leader in the West Midlands Jon Hyde said: “I knew Bubble for over a decade and never had a problem with him. He had a deadpan sense of humour and a glint in his eye.
“He showed amazing tenacity and spirit to recover from the hit-and-run accident that nearly killed him, recovering to again be part of the furniture outside Snow Hill train station.
“Birmingham city centre has lost a landmark and the Big Issue has lost one of the best ambassadors it has ever had. There will only ever be one Bubble, he was a one-off who will be missed greatly.”