Chris Eubank’s son, Sebastian Eubank, has died, his father has said in a statement.
The 29-year-old professional boxer – the third oldest of Eubank’s children – was found dead in Dubai, where he lived.
Eubank Snr paid tribute to his son, saying he was a “deep thinker who liked to challenge and accepted wisdom”.
He said in a statement: “Never did I ever imagine I would write these words or experience the feeling I now have at the loss of my son. My family and I are devastated to hear of the death of Sebastian just days before what would have been his 30th birthday.
“He leaves his wife Salma, his son Raheem born just a month ago, his mother Karron Meadows, brothers Nathanael, Chris Jr, Joseph, one sister Emily and countless relatives and friends.
“Sebastian grew up in Hove in England but in the last few years made his life in Dubai where he had a wide circle of friends and was a leader in the adoption of a healthy lifestyle and of alternative therapies.
“As well as being a personal trainer and professional boxer, Sebastian was also a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be forever in the thoughts of friends and family.
“As a family, we now kindly ask to be given space and privacy to celebrate his life and remember the son, the brother, the husband, the friend.”
Sebastian’s mother, Karron Meadows, added: “Our whole family is grieving at the huge loss of our son and brother, Sebastian. Please respect our grief and privacy while we try to comprehend our loss.”
His brother, Chris Eubank Jr, who is also a professional boxer, said on Twitter: “Rest easy little brother, I love you and you will be missed always”.
International boxing promoters Kalle and Nisse Sauerland paid tribute to Sebastian in a tweet, describing him as a “true gentleman”.
They said: “We had the honour of promoting Sebastian Eubank. He was simply a true gentleman and a sincere human being who lighted up a room when he walked in.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family”.
Another promoter, Frank Warren, who owns Queensberry Promotions, also paid tribute on social media saying: “The thoughts and prayers from all at Queensberry are with the Eubank family at this awful and tragic time. RIP Sebastian Eubank”.
Former world boxing champion Joe Calzaghe said on Twitter: “Really saddened to hear the news of the passing of Seb Eubank. Thoughts and Prayers to Chris and family.”
Sebastian beat Polish fighter, Kamil Kulczyk, in his debut fight in February 2018 on the undercard of his older brother’s fight against George Groves.
Early last year, he made his MMA debut in a fight against Emad Hanbali in Dubai, which he won in the first round by technical knockout.