- Nigel Benn announced on Instagram about the death of his brother Mark, mourning him as "joker of the Benn household"
- Mark is among close to 620 people who lost their battle to coronavirus on Sunday, April 5, in the UK
- The UK has recorded more than 4,500 fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic in Europe
British boxing legend Nigel Benn is mourning following the death of his brother, Mark, after a brave battle with coronavirus.
Benn took to his Instagram to announce the tragic news on Sunday, April 5, paying tribute to Mark "joker of the Benn household."
"My brother Mark passed Away 2day (Covid 19). As we all were growing up Mark was the Joker of the Benn house hold," the 56-year-old posted.
"May he Rest In Peace love u Mark," he added.
The former boxer ended his illustrious 24-year career in the ring back in 1996 after losing a fight to Ireland's Steve Collins.
Fans went on to flood his comment section to send him messages of support and good will.
SunSport reports he was due to make a sensational return to boxing in 2019 to fight Sakio Bika.
However, the Birmingham bout never saw the light of day as it was called off after Benn sustained an injury during training.
Meanwhile, Mark's death comes at the time the global is battling to combat the spread of the epidemic which has already claimed thousands of lives.
The UK's coronavirus death toll is currently standing at more than 4,500, with close to 620 people being reported dead on Sunday alone.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Bernard Gonzalez, club doctor of French Ligue 1 side Reims took his life while self-isolating with his family, President Jean-Pierre Caillot has announced.
The 60-year-old tested positive to the COVID-19 virus and was at home with his wife before taking his own life.
Reims have posted a poetic tribute to their team doctor after the tragic incident occurred calling him “a man of science and literature, with inexhaustible curiosity”.
The Mayor of Reims Arnaud Robinet also called Bernard Gonzalez a “collateral victim of Covid-19” and suggested that the doctor left a note.
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