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Zimbabwean boxer, who faced deportation, dies

R.I.P: Bhekitshe Moyo

A BOXER who was due to be deported by immigration officials has been found dead in a park in south London.

Bhekitshe Moyo, from Zimbabwe, had been living in the UK for 15 years but was ordered to leave the country by the Home Office.

The former bank manager, was described "as a kind and intelligent man who would always put others’ needs before his own" according to the Evening Standard.

His family, who live in Zimbabwe, grew concerned after Moyo posted an unusual message on his Facebook page. He wrote: “I have to sleep now. I love you all. Now be good to one another.”

Police began searching areas near to Mr Moyo’s home in Wallington, Sutton, and found his body near Mitcham Common.

The talented boxer is said to have competed in more than 50 professional matches and spent his spare time studying for a law degree, volunteering at local boxing clubs and teaching children the sport.

To help bring Moyo's body home to Zimbabwe, an online fundraising page has been made to help raise money, and has brought in nearly £1,000 of donations.

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “At approximately 00:40hrs on Tuesday, 7 March, officers carrying out enquiries in relation to a man who had been reported missing on the evening of Monday, 6 March discovered the body of a deceased man close to Mitcham Common.

“The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious. Enquiries continue.”

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