Yeovil Town Captain and Defender, Lee Collins Was Found Hanging in His Hotel Room

  • Yeovil Town announced last week that their captain Lee Collins had died aged 32 
  • Collins was discovered at the Lanes Hotel in West Coker, near Yeovil, on March 31
  • Coroner’s officer Ben Batley said today Collins was ‘found in his room hanging’
  • Collins made over 470 appearances during his career, including many in the EFL 
  • Mansfield owner John Radford worked with Collins between 2015 and 2017 and described him as a ‘battling braveheart’ on the field and a ‘gentleman’ off it 
Collins was described by Mansfield owner John Radford as a 'battling braveheart' - Collins captained the club, where he made 82 appearances over two seasons from 2015-2017

Yeovil captain Lee Collins, whose passing was announced last week, was found hanging in his hotel room, an inquest has heard today. 

Collins, 32, was discovered at the Lanes Hotel in West Coker, near Yeovil, on March 31.

An inquest into the footballer’s death was opened and adjourned by Tony Williams, the senior coroner for Somerset, during a hearing in Taunton and in a statement read to the court, coroner’s officer Ben Batley said Collins, from Newport, Gwent, was confirmed dead at the hotel on March 31.

Collins (second-left) pictured with his partner Rachel (far-right) and two of his three daughters

The English footballer was discovered at the Lanes Hotel in West Coker, near Yeovil, on Wednesday, March 31.

An inquest into the 32-year-old’s death was opened and adjourned by Tony Williams, the senior coroner for Somerset, during a hearing in Taunton.

In a statement read to the court, coroner’s officer Ben Batley said Mr. Collins, from Newport, Gwent, was confirmed dead at the hotel on March 31.

‘Lee was a professional footballer with Yeovil Town Football Club,’ Mr. Batley said.

Collins, a centre back, signed for the Glovers in 2019 after playing for several EFL clubs

‘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.

‘Also admitted into evidence was an interim post-mortem report from Dr. Adams, pathologist at Yeovil District Hospital, confirming cause of death as 1a hanging – subject to blood analysis.

‘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, 2021.’

The center-back started his career at Wolves and also played for Hereford United, Port Vale, Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Northampton, Mansfield, and Forest Green. 

Collins pictured playing for former club Northampton Town in a 2013 game with Exeter City