But he may as well have been beaten to death with a tennis racquet.
The finale of the third season had been shunted from BBC1 to BBC2 to make way for Andy Murray's overrunning game at Wimbledon.
As a result, the drama went out with a whimper, attracting just 2.2million viewers, an all-time low for the programme.
The BBC today confirmed it will not commission a fourth season of the show, which starred Jonas Armstrong as the legendary outlaw.
A spokesman said: "With the death of Robin, we feel that the show has reached its natural conclusion."
Armstrong had announced his intention to quit the show before the 13-episode third season was screened, saying: "It's been a great thrill, a great ride, but you can't play one part forever."
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