Tragic death of boxer Barrie (30)

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THE FAMILY of an Arbroath boxer who died suddenly while working in Ghana has received the results of his autopsy.

Barrie Lee (30) was discovered by colleagues in the African nation last Wednesday morning after he failed to appear for work.

An autopsy was carried out on Tuesday in Ghana, and the results were relayed to his family on Wednesday.

His father, Tansy Lee, told the Arbroath Herald: “I can now confirm that Barrie died of a heart attack.

“What we’ve heard from Takoradi [Ghana] is that Barrie was seen going for a run last Tuesday evening at approximately 6.30 p.m. and unfortunately he didn’t appear for work on Wednesday morning.

“Obviously the company sent some guys round to look for him, but unfortunately when they got to the house he lives in Barrie was discovered dead in the shower.”

Mr Lee had left Scotland last Monday for Ghana where he worked as a field engineer manager for oil company Weatherford International, and had visited the country many times as part of his work.

Mr Lee was well known in the town for his boxing exploits in the light middleweight category. During his professional career he amassed a total of 11 wins for only two defeats and one draw.

He made his boxing debut at the age of 21 at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh where he recorded a points win over David Wakefield.

In 2005 he fought and beat Craig Lynch for the British Boxing Board of Control Scottish middleweight title at the Royal Highland Showground in Edinburgh.

At the 10th annual charity boxing show on Friday evening a minute’s applause was held to honour Mr Lee and his contribution to the sport of boxing in Arbroath.

Barrie is survived by his partner, Stacey Walker, their five-year-old son, Jack, his parents Tansy and Frances and his brother Matthew.