Lee Collins’s body was found on March 31st at the Lanes Hotel in West Coker. It is now emerging that Lee Collins died by hanging.
An inquest on his death was on Wednesday adjourned soon it was opened during a hearing in Taunton, Somerset.
According to the statement to the court by coroner’s officer Ben Batley, Collins was confirmed dead at the hotel on 31st March.
Mr. Batley said:
“Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town Football Club,” Mr Batley said.
“It was identified that when Lee did not attend for training on March 31 inquiries were made at the hotel where he was staying, and he was found in his room hanging.
“Also admitted into evidence was an interim post-mortem report from Dr Adams, pathologist at Yeovil District Hospital, confirming cause of death as 1a 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 July 7 2021.”
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Tom Pope, a former Valiants team-mate told Vale’s website:
“Lee was a tough, fit, excellent footballer. The enforcer for us, really. The organiser.
“He was the heartbeat of our dressing room. I am absolutely devastated and my heart goes out to Lee’s family, friends teammates at this time.
Mansfield owner John Radford had worked with Mr Collins from 2015 and 2017 and described the late footballer as a “battling braveheart” on the field and “gentleman” off it.
Collins played as a defender, with his footballing career starting at Wolves. He enjoyed footballing spells among several clubs in England among them Hereford, Port Vale, Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield, and Forest Green.
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