Link to BBC Homepage

Front Page







World News in Audio

On Air


Talking Point


Low Graphics


Site Map

Tuesday, May 5, 1998 Published at 17:57 GMT 18:57 UK


Soccer star Fashanu died 'by hanging'
image: [ Justin Fashanu was on the run after being charged with sexual assault ]
Justin Fashanu was on the run after being charged with sexual assault

The former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest footballer, Justin Fashanu, died as a result of hanging, a post-mortem examination has concluded.

Further tests will be carried out before an inquest is held at a later date, a Scotland Yard spokesman added.

Justin Fashanu was found dead in a lock-up garage in east London on Saturday.

[ image: Fashanu's home in Maryland]
Fashanu's home in Maryland
He had been on the run from police in the United States after being charged with the sexual assault of a teenager at his home in Ellicott City, Maryland.

The student alleged he woke up in Fashanu's bed after a beer party to find Fashanu performing a sexual act on him.

The former professional striker, the first British soccer player to profess his homosexuality, denied the charge.

Huge talent

The 37-year-old former Barnado's boy - a former England B international - had moved to America earlier this year to coach the newly formed Maryland Mania soccer team.

In Britain, Fashanu made his name in the English First Division, now the Premiership, playing for Norwich City. He later became the first black player to sign for £1m, when he joined Nottingham Forest.

Fashanu, brother of Wimbledon player John, also had spells at Manchester City, West Ham, Leyton Orient, Newcastle and Torquay United.


Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage


Link to BBC Homepage

  Relevant Stories

04 May 98 | UK
More tests after Fashanu death

03 May 98 | UK
Fashanu: a rising star who faded too soon

02 May 98 | World
Fashanu 'may have fled US'

In this section

Next steps for peace

Blairs' surprise over baby

Bowled over by Lord's

Beef row 'compromise' under fire

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Industry misses new trains target

From Sport
Quins fightback shocks Cardiff

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

Thousands celebrate Asian culture

From Sport
Christie could get two-year ban

From Entertainment
Colleagues remember Compo

Mother pleads for baby's return

Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

From Health
Nurses role set to expand

Israeli PM's plane in accident

More lottery cash for grassroots

Pro-lifers plan shock launch

Double killer gets life

From Health
Cold 'cure' comes one step closer

From UK Politics
Straw on trial over jury reform

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Ex-spy stays out in the cold

From UK Politics
Blair warns Livingstone

From Health
Smear equipment `misses cancers'

From Entertainment
Boyzone star gets in Christmas spirit

Fake bubbly warning

Murder jury hears dead girl's diary

From UK Politics
Germ warfare fiasco revealed

Blair babe triggers tabloid frenzy

Tourists shot by mistake

A new look for News Online

UK Contents

Northern Ireland