British boxing star Nigel Benn is in mourning after the death of his brother Mark from a coronavirus.
The former world champion, 56, revealed the devastating news on his Instagram account last night.
Benn wrote: “My brother Mark died 2 days ago (Covid 19), while we were all growing up, Mark was the Joker at Benn’s house. May he rest in peace, love u Mark.
It came as a result that the number of coronavirus related deaths in the UK increased from 621 to 4,934 and that infections increased from 5,903 to 47,806.
Nigel Benn (right) revealed the devastating news of the death of his brother, Mark (left) on his Instagram account last night
Benn, 56, received condolences from fans after posting to Instagram yesterday (photo)
Fans sent their condolences to Benn, along with former boxer Darren Barker, writing: “Sorry to hear this fellow god bless you all.
One parent said, “I am extremely sorry and saddened by your loss! May God bless his soul, may he rest in peace! Will call nanny at some point!
“Uncle Mark will be remembered for his charming personality and his big heart will be greatly missed. God bless you all!
And Instagram user Pete Ahern wrote, “Oh no champion, I’m really sorry about your loss. May God bless you and the family in these difficult times.
Benn won the world championships in two weight categories and his 23-year-old son Conor is currently unbeaten on a professional level.
Born in London, Benn was one of seven siblings, all boys, and once spoke of the pain of losing his older brother Andy, eight, when he fell out of the window.
He told Express and Star: “I never lost respect for my parents, but I changed when my brother died. Since then, I carried a lot of anger. Even in my twenties, I was still cut. We don’t all talk about it, even now.
“I have always been fighting from a young age, at school and everywhere else. I wasn’t afraid of something like that. I could really hurt people.
“I started going to areas where I shouldn’t have been, like Dagenham where there was a lot of support for the National Front. I did not go to get into trouble, but I was fighting them.
Benn intervenes before his fight against Gerald McClellan on February 25, 1995. He retires a year later
Benn ended his professional career in November 1996 after losing to Irishman Steve Collins.
He was due to retire last year to fight Cameroonian Australian Sakio Bika, but the fight was interrupted after his injury.
Nicknamed the “Dark Destroyer” for his aggressive style, Benn held the WBO middleweight title in 1990 and the WBC super middleweight title between 1992 and 1996.
He forged an iconic domestic rivalry with Chris Eubank who captured the imagination of the British public.
Benn retired with a knockout ratio of 83.3% to win, and in 2013 was entered at the WBC Boxing Hall of Fame.
The number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in the UK and Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalized for “precautionary” tests 10 days after his diagnosis.
British heavyweight Anthony Yarde said last week that his grandmother died of the disease just days after his father died as a result of the pandemic.
The 28-year-old fighter called on people to “stay home” by announcing that his grandmother died yesterday.
Est It’s serious! ’Yarde wrote on social media. “People still go out when they don’t need it. I know there are a lot of opinions on Covid-19 and I have mine but I just know that opinions are not worth risking your life and the lives of others. Stay at home.
Yarde’s father, who the boxer said was “in good shape with no health problems,” died last week.
British lightweight Anthony Yarde (photo) last week said his grandmother died of coronavirus just days after his father died of the pandemic
Est It’s serious! ’Yarde wrote on social media. “I know there are a lot of opinions on Covid-19 and I have mine but I just know that opinions are not worth risking your life and the lives of others. Stay at home ‘