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Two graffiti artists who were killed by an oncoming train while tagging a Brooklyn subway station have been identified as famous French artists Pierre Audebert and Julien Blanc.

Audebert, 28, and Blanc, 34, were fatally struck by a Manhattan-bound No. 3 train in Brownsville late Tuesday night.

The New York Daily News reports that their bodies were found at around 6:40 am on Wednesday by a train operator pulling into the elevated Sutter Ave.-Rutland Road station.

Two French passports alongside several cans of spray paint were located at the scene.

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Pierre Audebert, 28, right, and Julien Blanc, 34, left,were both well-known French graffiti artists

Pierre Audebert, 28, right, and Julien Blanc, 34, left,were both well-known French graffiti artists

Pierre Audebert, 28, right, and Julien Blanc, 34, left,were both well-known French graffiti artists

The two were fatally struck by a Manhattan-bound No. 3 train in Brownsville, pictured, between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning

The two were fatally struck by a Manhattan-bound No. 3 train in Brownsville, pictured, between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning

The two were fatally struck by a Manhattan-bound No. 3 train in Brownsville, pictured, between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning

The discovery of their bodies disrupted service on the No. 3 line in both directions

The discovery of their bodies disrupted service on the No. 3 line in both directions

The discovery of their bodies disrupted service on the No. 3 line in both directions

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Audebert, whose tag name was Full1, and and Blanc, whose tag name was Jibeone, were reportedly widely known in Toulouse, France.

The pair’s street art have been displayed in Italy, Spain and Morocco, according to French news websites. 

Connexion France reported the two ‘wanted to realize their dream of graffitiing the inside of a New York subway.’

‘I thought of them as brothers,’ French-Algerian street artist Ceet Fouad said of Audebert and Blanc. 

‘I’m totally devastated.’

Pictured: Blanc's tag name on the roof of a Manhattan high-rise

Pictured: Blanc's tag name on the roof of a Manhattan high-rise

Pictured: Blanc’s tag name on the roof of a Manhattan high-rise

The French graffiti artists' work has been displayed around the world

The French graffiti artists' work has been displayed around the world

The French graffiti artists’ work has been displayed around the world

Blanc's street art displayed at an undisclosed European gallery

Blanc's street art displayed at an undisclosed European gallery

Blanc’s street art displayed at an undisclosed European gallery

Another one of Blanc's pieces of street art, on display at a gallery

Another one of Blanc's pieces of street art, on display at a gallery

Another one of Blanc’s pieces of street art, on display at a gallery

Street art on display from Julien Blanc, whose tag name was Jibeone

Street art on display from Julien Blanc, whose tag name was Jibeone

Street art on display from Julien Blanc, whose tag name was Jibeone

Two large outdoor trash bins used as a canvas by street and graffiti artist Julien Blanc, on display

Two large outdoor trash bins used as a canvas by street and graffiti artist Julien Blanc, on display

Two large outdoor trash bins used as a canvas by street and graffiti artist Julien Blanc, on display

Ceet Fouad told the outlet that he had traveled to New York City with the duo on a promotional tour, and initially believed they had been arrested when he first lost contact with them. 

‘When I saw on the news that two people had been hit by a train in the place they wanted to go I immediately made the connection,’ he added.

Blanc’s Instagram page, which features snapshots of his street art, includes his tag name spray painted on a subway train and on the roof of a Manhattan high-rise.

His family has since began asking for donations in light of his death, and described him as a father and husband.

‘On 20 April 2022 we lost our pillar,’ the family wrote.’

Julien was a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend.’

Audebert, 28, pictured, went by the tag name of Full1

Audebert, 28, pictured, went by the tag name of Full1

Blanc, pictured, whose tag name was Jibeone

Blanc, pictured, whose tag name was Jibeone

Audebert, 28, left, went by the tag name of Full1,  and Blanc, right, whose tag name was Jibeone

Source: dailymail

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