Yeovil Town’s captain, Lee Collins, was found hanging in his hotel room, an inquest has been told. Collins was discovered at the Lanes hotel in West Coker, near Yeovil, on 31 March.
An inquest into the 32-year-old’s death was opened and adjourned by Tony Williams, the senior coroner for Somerset, during a hearing in Taunton. In a statement read to the court, the coroner’s officer Ben Batley said Collins, from Newport, Gwent, was confirmed dead at the hotel on 31 March.
“Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town football club,” Batley said. “It was identified that when Lee did not attend for training on 31 March 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 7 July 2021.”
The defender began his career at Wolves and also had spells with Hereford, Port Vale, Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield and Forest Green. He moved to the National League club Yeovil from Forest Green in 2019 and made 35 league appearances for the Somerset club, including eight this season. His most recent game was at Stockport on 6 February.
Mansfield’s owner, John Radford, worked with Collins between 2015 and 2017 and described him as a “battling braveheart” on the field and “gentleman” off it. A former Port Vale teammate, Tom Pope, said Collins was “the heartbeat of our dressing room”.
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