Chris Eubank has paid tribute to his son Sebastian in a heartbreaking statement following his death by drowning aged just 29.
It was confirmed Sebastian was found dead on a beach in Dubai, where he resided with wife Salma and their newborn son Raheem, who is just a month old.
"Never did I ever imagine I would write these words or experience the feeling I now have at the loss of my son," Eubank Snr 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.
"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.”
Sebastian enjoyed a decent amateur career prior to turning pro, and won all three of his professional bouts, before switching to MMA while out in the Middle East.
British super flyweight Kal Yafai was among the first from his profession to pay respects to Sebastian, 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."
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