SEBASTIAN Eubank, the son of boxing legend Chris, was found dead on a Dubai beach just five days before his 30th birthday.

He had followed in his father's footsteps and forged a career in the boxing world and had also taken up MMA last year.

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What was Sebastian Eubank's cause of death?

The boxer and personal trainer – the third oldest of Eubank's children – was found dead in Dubai, where he lived with his wife Salma and their young baby Raheem.

It's thought Sebastian Eubank died from drowning although this has not been officially confirmed.

There has not yet been an official report into how the boxer died.

Who has paid tribute to Sebastian Eubank?

Tributes have been pouring in for Sebastian Eubank from his heartbroken family, the boxing world and further afield.

In a heartfelt tribute, his dad Chris Eubank Sr hailed his "loved" son as a "deep thinker" who was "loved and respected by all who knew him".

"Never did I ever imagine I would write these words or experience the feeling I now have at the loss of my son," he said.

"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."

"Sebastian was also a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom," he added.

"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."

Brother Chris Eubank Jr also paid a touching tribute online.

The 31-year-old wrote: "My brother Sebastian Eubank was a special man… a righteous man… who always put others before himself.

"A man of many talents, boxing, MMA, poetry, music, coaching, cooking the list goes on but the most important thing to him was helping others less fortunate than himself."

Writing alongside photos of him and Sebastian, he added: "I haven’t cried since I was 12 years old… yesterday I cried the whole day. I'm sorry I wasn't there to watch your back like a big brother's supposed to.

"Can't believe you're really gone man but you'll always be in my heart, mind & spirit."

Friends have also paid tribute to him as a "true gentleman" as news of the tragedy was shared.

Former heavyweight champ Frank Bruno wrote on Twitter: "My heart goes out to my pal Chris Eubank and family this morning as I learnt of the passing of Sebastian Eubank.

"He had a blossoming boxing career as well as fighting in MMA a very sad day for the Boxing family worldwide RIP Alka Lion (his fighting name)."

International boxing promoters Kalle and Nisse Sauerland also paid tribute to Sebastian in a Twitter message, saying he was a "true gentleman".

They wrote: "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".

Frank Warren, a boxing promoter who owns Queensberry Promotions, also paid tribute, writing on social media: "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 also added his condolences writing on Twitter: "Really saddened to hear the news of the passing of Seb Eubank. Thoughts and Prayers to Chris and family."

British super flyweight Kal Yafai paid his respects writing on Twitter: "So sad, condolences to the Eubank family."

Trainer Shane McGuigan said: "Devastating news about the passing of Seb Eubank. My thoughts & condolences go out to the Eubank family."

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "So saddened by the news of the passing of Seb Eubank. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler said: "How sad… thinking of all the family and friends of the Eubank family on their loss."

 

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