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Police issue statement following sudden death of Yeovil captain Lee Collins aged 32


Police have confirmed they are not treating the sudden death of Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins as suspicious.

The Glovers announced earlier on Thursday that their skipper, 32, had tragically passed away.

Police have now said in a statement that officers were called to an address in West Coker following reports of a sudden death on the evening on Wednesday March 31.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said: “Officers attended a report of a sudden death at an address in High Street, West Coker yesterday evening at about 5pm.

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“Sadly, the body of a 32-year-old man was located.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner. His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them.”

Collins has died at the age of 32
Collins has died at the age of 32

Yeovil have postponed their scheduled fixture against Altrincham on Good Friday.

The National League club said: “Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this time.

“The club will make no further comment at this time.”

All other games in the National League will be preceded by a minute’s silence.

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Collins’ death is not being treated as suspicious

A spokesperson said: “The National League is deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of Yeovil Town club captain Lee Collins. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this time.

“As a mark of respect, a pre-match minute silence will take place at each National League match this weekend.”

Collins had made eight National League appearances for the Glovers this season having joined from Forest Green Rovers in 2019, and was on the bench for the Glovers’ 3-1 win over Barnet last Saturday.

He started his career with Wolves but after failing to make a first-team appearance for the Molineux outfit he embarked on a career in the lower leagues, initially leaving Wolves to join Hereford United and Port Vale on loan, winning promotion from League Two with the Bulls in 2008.

Collins then joined Vale in a permanent deal in 2009, making 120 appearances before a 2012 move to Barnsley.

Further spells at Shrewsbury, Northampton and Mansfield followed before his 2017 switch to Forest Green.

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