(CNN)Boxer Chris Eubank's son Sebastian has died in Dubai days before his 30th birthday, and a month after he became a father, UK's PA Media reported Saturday, citing a statement from the family.
Boxer Chris Eubank's son Sebastian dies in Dubai
Sebastian Eubank, the third oldest of five children, leaves behind his wife Salma and newborn son Raheem, according to the family's statement. The 29-year-old's death is understood to be due to drowning, according to PA.
"Never did I ever imagine I would write these words or experience the feeling I now have at the loss of my son," Former British middleweight champion Chris Eubank, 54, said in the statement.
Sebastian grew up in Hove, England but had been living in Dubai, where he was "a leader in the adoption of a healthy lifestyle and of alternative therapies," the family statement said. "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," the family statement said.
Sebastian's brother, Chris Eubank Jr, who is also a professional boxer, said on his official Twitter account on Saturday: "Rest easy little brother. I love you & you will be missed always."
"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," Chris Eubank Jr said.
"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," Chris Eubank Jr said.
"Now your legacy will live on through your beautiful new born son & I will treat him like my own. Watch over us until we meet again young lion," Chris Eubank Jr said.
"And to everyone out there reading this right now DON'T take ANY of your loved ones for granted. See them, speak to them, check up on them as much as you possibly can because you just never know if that one time will be the last time. Love you bro," Chris Eubank Jr said.