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Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins dies from hanging football news

Footballer Lee Collins was found hanged in his hotel room, according to an investigation.

Mr Collins, who was captain of Yeovil Town FC, was discovered at the Lanes Hotel in West Coker, near Yeovil, on March 31.

An inquest into the death of the 32-year-old was opened and adjourned by Tony Williams, Somerset’s senior coroner, during a hearing in Taunton.

In a statement read to court, coroner officer Ben Batley said Mr Collins, of Newport, Gwent, was confirmed dead at the hotel on March 31.

“Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town Football Club,” said Mr. Batley.

“It was identified that when Lee did not show up for training on March 31, inquiries were made to the hotel where he was staying, and he was found in his room hanged.

“A provisional post-mortem report from Dr Adams, pathologist at Yeovil District Hospital, was also admitted into evidence as a provisional post-mortem report, confirming the cause of death to be hanging – subject to a blood analyse.

“The coroner has ruled that it will be necessary to obtain further statements and reports regarding the circumstances of Lee’s death and the inquest has been adjourned to an internal case management review no later than July 2021.”

The defender started his career at Wolves and has also had spells with Hereford, Port Vale, Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield and Forest Green.

He joined Vanarama National League club Yeovil Town from Forest Green in 2019 and has made 35 league appearances for the Somerset club, including eight this campaign.

His last outing came in a 1-0 loss at Stockport on February 6.

Mansfield owner John Radford worked with Mr Collins between 2015 and 2017 and described him as a “braveheart fighter” on the field and a “gentleman” off.

He played 163 games at Port Vale between July 2008, when he was initially on loan from Wolves, and June 2012.

Former Valiants teammate Tom Pope said: “Lee was a great tough, fit and excellent footballer. The manager for us, really. The organizer.

“He was the heartbeat of our locker room. I’m absolutely devastated and my heart goes out to Lee’s family, friends and teammates right now,” he told Vale’s website.

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