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Tragic Yeovil captain Lee Collins found dead in hotel after missing training

An inquest which opened into the death of footballer Lee Collins heard he died as a result of hanging at a hotel.

Lee, 32, was captain of Yeovil Town FC in Somerset and died on March 31, sparking outpouring of grief from fans.

He played his last game for the club on February 6 against Stockport and an inquest was opened on Wednesday.

A statement today from Tony Williams, Senior Coroner for Somerset said Lee, from Newport, died as a result of hanging.

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He said: “It is confirmed that today, 7 April 2021, with the consent of next of kin, Senior Coroner Tony Williams opened an Inquest into the death of Lee Harvey Collins of Newport, Gwent.

Collins - who came through the ranks at Wolves - joined Yeovil in 2019
Collins – who came through the ranks at Wolves – joined Yeovil in 2019

“A statement from Coroner’s Officer Ben Batley was admitted into evidence confirming that Lee Collins was born on 28 September 1988 and was 32 years old when he was confirmed dead at Lanes Hotel, West Coker on 31 March 2021.

“Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town Football Club. It was identified that when Lee did not attend for training on 31 March enquiries were made at the hotel where he was staying, and he was found in his room hanging.

The Englishman's last appearance for Yeovil came in February
The Englishman’s last appearance for Yeovil came in February

“Also admitted into evidence was an Interim Post Mortem Report from Dr Adams, Pathologist at Yeovil District Hospital, confirming cause of death as: Ia) Hanging – subject to blood analysis.

“The Coroner resolved that it will be necessary for further statements and reports to be obtained in respect of the circumstances of Lee’s death and the Inquest was adjourned to an internal Case Management Review on or before 7 July 2021.”

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