The footballer Lee Collins died as a result of the legal proceedings


Footballer Lee Collins was found hanging in his hotel room, an investigation has heard.

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

An investigation into the 32-year-old’s death was opened and adjourned by Tony Williams, Somerset’s chief medical examiner, during a hearing in Taunton.

In a statement read in court, coroner 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 Batley.

“It was found that when Lee was not attending training on March 31, inquiries were made at the hotel he was staying at and he was found in his hanging room.

“Also admitted as evidence was an interim report from Dr. Adams, pathologist at Yeovil District Hospital, in which the cause of death was confirmed as 1a hanging – subject to a blood analysis.

“The coroner has decided that further clarifications and reports on the circumstances of Lee’s death need to be obtained and the investigation has been postponed on or before July 2021 for an internal review of the case management.”

The defender began his career at Wolves and has also worked at Hereford, Port Vale, Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield and Forest Green.

He moved from Forest Green to Vanarama National League Club Yeovil Town in 2019 and played 35 league games for Somerset Club, eight of them this season.

His last appearance was a 1-0 defeat at Stockport on February 6th.

Mansfield owner John Radford worked with Mr Collins between 2015 and 2017, describing him as a “fighting brave heart” on the field and a “gentleman” off the field.

He played 163 games for Port Vale between July 2008, when he was initially loaned by Wolves, and June 2012.

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

“He was the heartbeat of our dressing room. I am absolutely devastated and my heart goes out to Lee’s family, friends and teammates at this point,” he told Vales website.


Steven Gregory