British boxing legend Chris Eubank’s son Sebastian has been found dead on a beach in Dubai just days before his 30th birthday, it has been confirmed.
Having followed his father into the boxing ring, he had recently become a father for the first time.
The 29-year-old also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) after moving to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
No further details surrounding his death have been revealed. However, it is believed that he may have drowned.
His devastated father paid an emotional tribute to the sportsman, nicknamed the Alka Lion, as news of his death broke last night.
He said: “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,” Eubank added.
“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.”
Karron Meadows said: “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.”
Born in Brighton, Sebastian Eubank enjoyed a successful amateur career, becoming a pro boxer in 2018, winning three professional fights, his last one earlier this year.
In April he posted on Instagram of his joy at being able to box again in front of a crowd.
“Respect to my opponent, he was strong and resilient and came to put it all on the line,” Sebastian wrote.
“He was head hunting, trying to knock me out with brute strength, but he didn’t know about the legendary Eubank granite chin.”
Sebastian is survived by his parents, brother Chris Jr, and two younger siblings Emily and Joseph.