Tributes have been paid to T2 Trainspotting star Bradley Welsh, after he was reportedly shot dead near his home in Scotland.
Police were called to Edinburgh’s Chester Street at around 8PM last night and found a man with serious injuries. He died at the scene, police confirmed.
Police Scotland said: “His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing. Officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence in the area to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather information that can assist with this investigation.
“Anyone who believes they have any relevant information should contact police immediately.”
The 42-year-old starred as imposing gangland figure Mr Doyle in the 2017 sequel – alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle.
It’s believed that he was a close friend of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and owned his own boxing gym in Holyrood, where he ran charity projects to keep young people away from crime.
Posting on Twitter, Welsh wrote: “Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way.”
Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way. 💚 pic.twitter.com/3duKqBxvxO
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) April 18, 2019
Replying to Welsh, one user wrote: “Bloody hell. He seemed to be made of iron. Sad loss for many, especially his family and the wider community will miss his relentless enthusiasm.”
Another said: “Sad to hear about Bradley welsh, done so much for the community and Edinburgh as a whole, great guy with a big heart. Trained at his gym when opened at gorgie and always teaching younger lads. RIP big guy.”