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Inquest opens into death of Yeovil footballer Lee Collins

AN inquest into the death of Yeovil Town Football Club captain Lee Collins was opened in Taunton today.

Mr Collins was found dead at Lanes Hotel, West Coker, on March 31 after failing to report for first team training.

A statement issued by the Somerset Coroner’s Office said: “It is confirmed that today, with the consent of next of kin, senior coroner Tony Williams opened an inquest into the death of Lee Harvey Collins, of Newport, Gwent.

“A statement from Coroner’s Officer Ben Batley was admitted into evidence confirming that Lee Collins was born on September 28, 1988 and was 32 years old when he was confirmed dead at Lanes Hotel in West Coker on March 31.

“Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town Football Club. 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.

“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.”

Collins began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers and spent time at Port Vale, Barnsley, Northampton Town, Mansfield Town and Forest Green Rovers before joining Yeovil in 2019.

He played his last game for the club on February 6 against Stockport.

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