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King Love, often seen on streets of capital, dies

King Love, a fixture on the streets of Tallahassee who waved to downtown drivers while wearing a crown and cape and carrying a sign proclaiming "Love Is The Answer," was found dead in his apartment Monday night. He was 65.

King Love, a native of Egypt whose real name was Youssef Kamal Abdov, was found after neighbors became concerned they hadn't seen him in a few days.

A cause of death hadn't been determined Tuesday. Police said there were no signs of trauma.

King Love, who had a bushy white beard, appeared frequently downtown, wearing his crown, singing and shouting at passing cars. Last fall, he carried a "King Love for Governor" sign and solicited donations from motorists.

Abdov had several run-ins with police. Three years ago, two college students called police to say King Love had been staying at their apartment for almost a month and wouldn't leave. He also was arrested for blocking traffic.

"I talked to King Love often," said Mayor Scott Maddox. "He used to call me to bail him out of jail." Maddox never did.

"He caused a lot of problems in a lot of different areas and there were a lot of complaints about him," Maddox said. "But at least he was spreading love."

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