Yeovil Town club captain Lee Collins is dead. The 32 years old died suddenly with the police confirming no foul play in regards to his death. A statement from the club read:
“All at Yeovil Town Football Club are mourning the loss of club captain Lee Collins.
“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.
“Our game with Altrincham tomorrow has been postponed.”
Collins was part of the unused sub in the club’s 3-1 Saturday win over Barnet.
Statement from the police read:
“Officers attended a report of a sudden death at an address in High Street, West Coker yesterday evening at about 5pm.
“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 grew through the Wolves youth academy and made a debut in 2007. After two years with Wolves, he left permanently after loan deals with Hereford United and Port Vale. He has also played for Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield, and Green Forest Rovers.
The Cente-Back joined Yeovil Town two years ago and immediately installed as the team captain. After the announcement of his death, many online tributes have been paid.
Ian Holloway, former Crystal Palace coach tweeted: “Absolutely awful news. My thoughts are with Lee’s family & friends and everyone at YTFC. Ollie x.”
His former club Northampton posted:
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former defender Lee Collins.”
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former captain Lee Collins, who has passed away aged 32.
“Lee played for us from 2015 to 2017. Our sincere condolences are sent to his loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. Rest in peace, Collo.”
Uncle Reg Collins said: “In loving memory of a much-loved nephew.
“Lee Collins who passed away last night, always in our thoughts and prayers.”
John Radford, Mansfield owner paid his respect by tweeting: “Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender and captain, Lee Collins.
“A no-nonsense, battling braveheart on the field and a gentleman off it. A man who always gave his all in Stags’ colors.
“We’ll be observing a minute’s silence tomorrow in Lee’s memory.”