"I want them to learn so that nobody else has to die. thesun. Errol Graham, 57, was found dead on the floor of his 15th-storey Nottingham council flat when bailiffs broke down his door. Errol Graham, 57, weighed four-and-a-half stone (30kg) when his body was found by bailiffs who broke into his Nottingham council flat to evict him. Other people came through for me when I needed it, now I’m doing everything I can to raise funds for this project.’. After outclassing Jackson for nearly 4 rounds, Graham was knocked out cold before he hit the canvas by the now-famous devastating right cross known as the 'Punch of the Century'.[2]. Joe Biden calls for calm as the US election comes down to counts in four crucial swing states. People from Nottingham and beyond will join members of the family of Errol Graham, who died of starvation after his benefits were withdrawn. ", She added: "The flaws in their system - this is why I'm so angry with the DWP. “I didn’t win a world title but I came mighty close and I’m respected within the sport. Mr Graham also ignored repeated contact from the DWP and his employment and support allowance (ESA) was stopped in August 2017. Graham would go on to fight for world titles twice at middleweight and once at super middleweight. Graham had one more world title fight, his last night in the ring in 1998 when he was winning but ran out of steam against Charles Brewer for the IBF super-middleweight title. 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A spokesman added: "This is a tragic, complex case and our sympathies are with Mr Graham's family.". He said: ‘Boxing isn’t like other sports. Errol Graham, 57, weighed four-and-a-half stone (30kg) when his body was found by bailiffs who broke into his Nottingham council flat to evict him. You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. The medical cause of death was recorded as starvation. He retired at 25 on health grounds and he was heartbroken. A coroner outlined 'missed opportunities to better support' Mr Graham, whose body was found at his Radford flat in June 2018. ‘Mark is at home with us but he can’t use his right arm and drags his right leg. In his first attempt, challenging for the vacant WBA middleweight title, he took Mike McCallum to a close split decision; points deducted for low blows ended up costing Graham the verdict. It’s great that people are setting up a care home for them in retirement.’. She found Mr Graham's GP practice "did not have a robust system in place" to ensure he turned up - branding it a "clear failing". For him, that normal life includes loading lorries for his local Asda, the only job he could hold down after boxing, although he has also generously given much of his time helping to train young boxers. Through it all his best road to health was other boxers and their great camaraderie. Terry told her years later that he would do it all again, he loved the warmth and friendship of the boxing fraternity. He was seen "shouting and behaving aggressively" at his GP surgery in April 2015 and sectioned two months later. The serious case panel is a new process currently being established and will be chaired by a director and members will be senior civil servants from across the department. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Herol Graham: I tried to kill myself. Oliver described how the need for intervention came home to him on a recent visit to a former champion in his care home. An inquest heard he was emaciated, weighed 30kg and had just a couple of five-year-old tins of fish in his cupboard. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. [2], Graham has ongoing mental health issues from boxing injuries. They brought him home from prolonged periods in hospital following a brain bleed after he had clinched the southern area bantamweight title in 1990 and have been his carers ever since. "Benefit sanctions are supposed to force people back into work, not starve them to death.". Benefits officials' apology after mum's suicide, ESA underpayment: Volunteers 'help hundreds' reclaim benefits, Nottingham student bus service extended to reduce pressure on public transport in the city, Notts Police to feature on Channel 5’s Police Interceptors, Notts man battered brother with wheel-brace in sneak attack for car vandalism, Pictures show empty streets of Mansfield in latest lockdown. There is not one solid story that I believe about Graham refusing a fight - he was just bloody avoided. When he wrote his life story several years ago, he called it tellingly Bomber: Behind the Laughter. View details that no one tells you about. 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Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. In pictures: Trump and Biden through the years, Rescuers rush to save beached pilot whales. An inquest into Mr Graham's death was held in June 2019 and came to light when his family spoke to the Disability News Service. At 59, he has spent time recently in a secure mental health institution on constant suicide watch.