Chris Eubank pays tribute to his 'loving son' Sebastian after funeral

Chris Eubank pays tribute to his 'loving son' Sebastian after funeral

Chris Eubank pays tribute to his ‘loving son’ Sebastian, 29, as he is laid to rest in Dubai after dying from a heart attack while swimming in the sea ‘on the beach he loved so much’

  • Sebastian Eubank was third eldest of boxing legend Chris Eubank’s five children 
  • Light-heavyweight boxer is believed to have drowned in Dubai while swimming
  • 29-year-old Sebastian was found dead just one month after becoming a father
  • Chris Eubank said today that Sebastian ‘left legacy that his son will be proud of’

Chris Eubank today paid tribute to his son boxer son Sebastian after the family held a funeral for him in Dubai following his death aged 29 from a heart attack.

Sebastian, who was the third eldest of Eubank’s five children and a light-heavyweight boxer, is believed to have drowned off a beach in the city while swimming.

And Eubank said today that Sebastian, who was found dead just one month after becoming a father, ‘left a legacy that his son will be proud of’.

The 54-year-old boxing legend added that the family were ‘overwhelmed and profoundly grateful for the love and support we continue to receive’.

Sebastian, who also went by the name Alka Lion, lived in Dubai with his wife Salma and newborn son Raheem, and worked as a personal trainer.

Sebastian Eubank is pictured a light heavyweight bout at Manchester Arena in February 2018 

Sebastian Eubank (left) with his father Chris Eubank (right) at an NFL event in London in 2012

He had fought in two professional fights in his career in 2016 and 2017, winning both.

Today, speaking on behalf of the whole family, Eubank said: ‘We have said goodbye to a loving son, brother, father and devoted husband Sebastian Eubank.

‘Sebastian left a legacy that his son will be proud of’: Statement by Chris Eubank 

‘We have said goodbye to a loving son, brother, father and devoted husband Sebastian Eubank. 

‘He was laid to rest in Dubai after dying from a heart attack on the beach he loved so much.

‘We are overwhelmed and profoundly grateful for the love and support we continue to receive. We all take strength that Sebastian left a legacy that his son will be proud of.

”My family and I would like to thank the Dubai Police again for making the burial a swift and smooth process during such an unbearable day.’

‘He was laid to rest in Dubai after dying from a heart attack on the beach he loved so much.

‘We are overwhelmed and profoundly grateful for the love and support we continue to receive. We all take strength that Sebastian left a legacy that his son will be proud of.

”My family and I would like to thank the Dubai Police again for making the burial a swift and smooth process during such an unbearable day.’

Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are currently on the UK’s ‘red list’, meaning anyone returning to Britain from there must pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days. 

It comes as the Eubank family are all now set to go for medical check-ups amid fears that Christopher’s heart defect is hereditary, according to The Sun.

A source told the newspaper: ‘The family are in mourning. But amid the raw grief they are aware of the health issues.

‘It is responsible for their loved ones for Chris and his family to have heart check-ups. They are all committed to see heart specialists after the funeral.’

In an earlier tribute on July 9, Eubank, 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 (far left), the third oldest of Eubank’s five children, was a boxer like his father. From left to right: Sebastian, Chris Snr, Chris Jr and Nathanael at ITV’s This Morning in 2019

Sebastian leaves behind his wife Salma and his son Raheem (together) born just a month ago 

‘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.’

Sebastian’s mother Karron Meadows added: ‘Our whole family is grieving at the huge loss of our son and brother, Sebastian.’

Sebastian was the fourth member of the famous fighting family to enter the boxing world – following elder brother Chris Jr, 31, who holds the WBA interim middleweight title, cousin Harlem and half-brother Nathanael Wilson.

Sebastian, who also went by the name Alka Lion, lived in Dubai with his wife Salma

The father-of-one, who moved to Dubai where he lived with wife Salma and son Raheem, went by the name of the Alka Lion and fought in two professional fights, winning both

At the age of 15, Eubank sent Sebastian and Chris Jr to learn boxing in some of the world’s toughest rings.

On social media, Sebastian described himself as a ‘truth-educator, wordsmith and earth explorer’ as well as a ‘pro-fighter’.

In April, he said on social media he was ‘grateful and proud’ to be part of the first live sporting event in Dubai in over a year.

Eubank held the WBO middleweight and super-middleweight titles between 1990 and 1995 and was a widely-recognisable face in British sport, credited with the rising popularity in British boxing during the 1990s.

Chris Eubank posing with his son Sebastian in the early 1990s when the boy was a toddler

Sebastian (with his father) was one of four children born from Eubank’s first marriage to Karron

Sebastian was one of four children born from Eubank’s first marriage to Karron, while his eldest son Nathanial was born from a previous relationship.

As teenagers, Sebastian and Chris Jr were the subject of a custody row after they were sent to the US to live with a guardian named Irene Hutton.

The move was intended to give them dual citizenship to enhance their future sporting careers.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Dubai. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.’ 

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