A Zimbabwean boxer following pressure of deportation has reportedly committed suicide.
Bhekitshe Moyo, 42, a former bank manager had lived in the UK for more than 15 years before he was ordered to leave by the Home Office.
Prior to his death, he was reported missing last Monday.
Alerted by an unusual Facebook post by the boxer, concerns of his wellbeing by family, most of whom still live in Zimbabwe had been raised.
The status ended: ‘I have to sleep now. I love you all. Now be good to one another.’
Moyo, who lived in Wallington, London, was a talented boxer who competed in matches frequently and he often volunteered teaching youths interested in the sport.
He came to the UK on a sports visa, a family friend told the Evening Standard.
Police found Moyo’s body near Mitcham Common.
A spokesperson 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.’
The Home Office told Metro.co.uk that Moyo had been in an immigration centre until November 2016, though a spokesperson pointed out he wasn’t in detention when he died so they wouldn’t be commenting further.
A fundraising page has been set up to raise money to repatriate Moyo’s body back to Zimbabwe