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TRAGIC DEATH OF DUNDEE MUSICIAN

STEPHEN ROBINSON, OF THE KING'S
UNKNOWN MAN IN STUDIO DISCOVERY

One hour after he appeared before a big audience at the King's Theatre, Dundee, last night Mr Stephen Robinson, the popular organist, died at his studio in Ward Road.
He was found in a state of collapse by an unknown man. Though he was immediately rushed to the Royal Infirmary, the doctors there could only pronounce life extinct.
Mr Robinson was alone in the studio when he collapsed. was a remarkable coincidence that an unknown man called at the moment when Mr Robinson was dying, and it was he who made the discovery.
The tragic suddenness of Mr Robinson's death will come as a great shock to the hundreds of patrons who heard him perform yesterday, and also to the wide circle of cinemagoers.
LAST SELECTION.
From 5.50 to six o'clock last night Mr Robinson played at the theatre, announcing his own numbers as usual. His last item was selections from " Princess Charming. At six o'clock he left to go for tea. He was due back to the theatre at 7.30 to give a further interlude on the organ.
At half-past seven he had not appeared, and his absence was at once reported to Mr Robert C. Harvey, the manager.
Efforts were made to trace him. Messengers were hurriedly despatched to tearooms he was known to frequent, but the inquiries were fruitless.
At eight o'clock Mr Harvey was told policeman that the organist had been found unconscious at his studio in 9 Ward Road and had been taken to the infirmary.
TRAGIC NEWS.
On phoning the infirmary Mr Harvey was told that Mr Robinson was dead.
Mr Robinson, who was 32 years of age, was a pleasant young man, whose modest demeanour and ability an organist made him popular figure with patrons of the theatre.
A native of the Newcastle district, he early showed his talents as a musician, and at the age of 15 was engaged as a professional at cafe. Later he became pianist aboard the liner Homeric.
EARLY FAME.
He soon earned a high reputation pianist and organist, and played in many cinemas throughout the country.
Coming to Dundee from Leicester about five years ago, he quickly established himself as a firm favourite with patrons at the King's. He was ever ready to give his services at Sunday charity concerts.
Mr Harvey said last night that Mr Robinson was a man whose whole heart was in his music." At his studio he would sometimes be at the piano as early as five o'clock in the morning, and would be here at his beloved organ as soon as the theatre opened.
HOURS OF PRACTICE.
"The public only saw him his keyboard for a few minutes on end, but he spent hours practising on it. "He was man who had definite ideas of his own on music, and these were reflected in his work. A number of gramophone records of his solos have been made."
Mr Robinson used the studio at 9 Ward Road during the week, and at the weekends went to Denhead, Arbirlot, where his wife and family reside.
THE DISCOVERY.
Mr James Foley, of Foley's Business Training College, the door of whose classrooms face the door of Mr Robinson's studio, stated to a "Courier and Advertiser" reporter that he had just settled down to his class work about seven o'clock when someone called at the studio opposite. Then the bell in the common passage rang, and a stranger asked him if Mr Robinson was in. " I noticed that Robinson's door was open, and told him that he was apparently in. " A few minutes after that the man came and asked if I had a phone. I asked him what was wrong. He said there was something wrong with Mr Robinson.
'PHONE CALL.
"I went in and saw him lying on a bedsettee. He looked as if he were dead. The stranger who was feeling his heart told me that it was still beating, and asked me to lift him from the settee to the floor."
"The man phoned from my office to the police station, and shortly afterwards the police came with the ambulance and took Mr Robinson away to the infirmary."
Mr Foley said that was the first visitor he had seen at Mr Robinson's door. Robinson had been a tenant of the studio for about six months. He had spoken to him the previous evening, when he seemed to be in the best of spirits.
The stranger had returned to Mr Robinson's room, after he was removed, apparently to collect a number of letters that he had left there.
POST-MORTEM TO-DAY.
The body was examined by Dr W. Fyffe Dorward, police surgeon, and a post-mortem is to take place to-day.
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Extract british newspaper archive
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 05 September 1934