A man of 42 cried out for his family as he lay dying on one of London’s wealthiest streets after being stabbed seven times.
The victim staggered 100 yards after being knifed before collapsing on a road known as ‘millionaire’s row’.
Witnesses said he gasped for breath as passers-by tried to give first aid, applying pressure on his wounds to try to stem the bleeding.
But he died at the scene after the attack at about 10.20pm on Wednesday night.
Residents in Cathcart Road, Kensington, yesterday spoke of their shock that such a violent incident could take place in such an exclusive postcode.
Police officers at the scene in Chelsea, West London, today after a man was found stabbed
Multi-storey terraced houses sell for up to £5million on the street, where actor Hugh Grant owns a home. He bought the property for more than £2million in 2000.
Other wealthy neighbours include former Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard, who owns a home in a nearby road, and Casualty actress Mika Simmons.
Yesterday she tweeted: ‘A young black man has just been stabbed to death outside my flat on Cathcart Road, in Chelsea.’ Neighbours who rushed to give aid said they tried talking to the victim, who was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt, to keep him conscious.
He told them his name, that he was a father-of-three and that he wanted his family. A picture of him lying on the floor appears to show him wearing a wedding ring.
He has not officially been identified. Yesterday a university student, who lives nearby and was the first to come across the victim, said she believed the man was stabbed nearby before staggering into Cathcart Road.
She told the Daily Mail: ‘I was walking along the road to get a bus and he walked around the corner from behind and there was blood dripping from him everywhere and he was saying “I’ve been stabbed”.
‘I called 999 after he laid down on the floor. He was lying on his back in the road. Lots of people came from everywhere and were trying to help him, putting pressure on his wounds.
‘While he was lying there we were talking to him to try and keep him conscious, and he was telling us his name and saying that he had a family, he was a father of three and that he wanted his family.
‘We were trying to keep him conscious and awake but he died there after the ambulance came. You could see he wasn’t going to make it. There was blood everywhere.’ Another resident who helped the man said: ‘He had been stabbed about seven times.
‘We ran to him and he was on the floor and lots of us were helping him, trying to stop the bleeding. We were telling [him] to stay there and wait until the ambulance comes. He was saying his name and was talking about his family.’
Actress Mika Simmons told how the stabbing happened outside her flat in West London
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the attackers fled, with a black car left in the middle of the street with its doors open. Tyre marks could also be seen on the road.
One resident, Victor Gambe, 54, said: ‘This used to be a quiet road, but in recent years more and more young people are hanging out on the estate, smoking, and a lot of them are not local, they come from other places.’
The latest killing in London’s knife crime epidemic means there have now been more than 70 suspected murders in London so far this year. In April it was revealed London’s murder rate had even overtaken New York’s.
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 10.21pm to reports of a stabbing on Cathcart Road. Despite the best efforts of the medical teams, he died at the scene shortly after 11.00pm.’
Local resident Mika Simmons, an actress who has been in the BBC's Casualty and ITV's Unforgotten, said the man 'refused to give some other youths some money'.
Simmons, 42, who has also appeared in ITV's Frenchman's Creek, tweeted: 'A young black man has just been stabbed to death outside my flat.
'I've been told he was working as a delivery driver and refused to give some other youths some money.'
Neighbour Angus Hulme, 45, told MailOnline: 'A woman was on the street when it happened.
'A girl who'd been looking after him as he lay there said that he's tried to get up but she told him to stay where he was and stay still.
'She tried to get him talking while waiting for an ambulance. That's when he said he had three kids.'
The attack left a trail of blood as the victim fled to escape or get help and a black SUV was disovered with traces of blood inside it which may have been his car.
It also happened near the home of model Liz Hurley, who has spoken about making London's streets safer after her nephew Miles was stabbed in Wandsworth in March.
The victim was found seriously injured and died 40 minutes later at the scene, which is a short walk away from Chelsea FC's ground Stamford Bridge.
Another local delivery driver, Aji Ali, 29, told MailOnline: 'A police officer and a neighbour told me that this poor guy was stabbed and ran through a tall building and out of the other side.
'I don't know whether he was escaping or running for help. It's definitely really scary for me as I'm a delivery driver myself, particularly with all the stabbings going on in London now.'
Neighbours Ellen Maatta and Saga Granberg, both 19, told MailOnline how they walked past what they think might have been the murder victim's abandoned car and saw 'loads of blood'.
A body is removed from the scene in Chelsea this morning following the incident last night
Ms Maatta said: 'We walked past a black SUV car at just after 10.30pm. The driver's door was left open and there was loads of blood on the driver's side inside. Someone else was looking inside at the same time and ran to get the emergency services.'
Ms Granberg added: 'We saw armed police officers and went back indoors. It was so scary. We were really shocked. We couldn't believe it.'
Another man, who did not want to be identified, told MailOnline: 'I was smoking out of my window nearby at about 10.30pm last night when I saw a few people helping someone lying in the street. I knew something bad was going on.
'I went down and I saw a black man aged 30 to 40, clean shaven with short hair, wearing dark jeans and drenched in blood on the road. He'd been stabbed in his chest and in the top of his leg. He was unconscious but still breathing.
'He was obviously in shock as his leg was kicking out. Two men and two women had put a tourniquet around his leg but there was loads of blood coming out. I asked how I could help. The guys told me to check for any further wounds.
'But they're weren't any cuts in his clothing. I dialled 999 and was told the emergency services were already on their way. Within a matter of I don't know how many minutes they'd arrived.
'But by the time they got to us this man's eyes were rolling back. They tried to treat him in some way right there in the street. I couldn't sleep last night. I'm really shocked after seeing something like that.'
Witness Khaled Ahmed, 26, was driving his Audi RS7 when he came across the scene as emergency services were arriving.
The business management undergraduate at Westminster University said: 'I saw him on the floor, I saw a dead body on the floor so I parked up.
'I was with my girlfriend and we were just driving past. First I saw blood on the floor and followed the blood all the way around a corner.
'I recorded it on my phone all the way to the scene and there was armed police, ambulance and I stood by. The blood was on the pavement - he must have been running on it.
'There was an Indian Deliveroo driver and a few neighbours there. I'm in front of the police and I could hear them speaking to police.
'They were saying how the folks got out of the car and chased him down the road and that's when the stabbing happened and he turned to the corner of the Cathcart Road and he stood still and then collapsed.
'There was one proper witness - a man in Army shorts, he was from the Army too. He said they barged the man into him and saw everything. The ambulance they operated - they opened his chest