Lee Collins was found dead in hotel room after missing training, inquest hears
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Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins died in a hotel room in Somerset, an inquest has heard.
Defender Collins passed away at the age of 32 and was found after failing to turn up for training with the Glovers.
He had made eight National League appearances this season with the last coming back in December.
An inquest was opened into his death with the coroner being told Collins had not turned up for training on March 31.
The former Port Vale and Northampton defender was found in his room at a hotel in West Coker, Somerset, where he was staying.
During a hearing in Taunton, in a statement read to the court, coroner's officer Ben Batley said Mr Collins, from Newport, Gwent, was confirmed dead at the hotel on March 31.
"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 enquiries 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."
The inquest has been adjourned until July to allow further inquiries to be made.
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Collins had been on the bench for Yeovil the weekend before he died, though did not feature in the 3-1 win over Barnet.
Yeovil’s statement had 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.”
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