Champion powerlifter loses cancer battle

Champion powerlifter loses cancer battle

Nicola Hine

Champion powerlifter loses cancer battle

A champion powerlifter has lost his brave battle against cancer.

Tributes have been paid to Lee Price following his death on Monday.

The popular strongman, from Reeve Road in Holyport, organised the annual Powerthon event hosted by SportsAble in Braywick Road and raised £30,000 for charity over the years.

SportsAble has released a statement praising a 'big, burly-looking fella' who was a 'genuinely nice guy'.

"Lee was someone who was instantly likeable, extremely friendly and helpful, and along with his wife Tara so keen to support our charity," it said.

"We were shocked to hear of his illness and are extremely sad to learn of his passing. Lee was a generous, caring and wonderful person and he will be missed by so many people.

"Our thoughts are with his wife, his daughters and his family."

Lee was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in October and vowed to fight the disease 'head on'.

When the Advertiser ran an article about his plight a surge of support from the community enabled him to marry fiancé Tara McKay just weeks later.

More than 100 people contributed to help fund a candlelit ceremony at St Andrew's Church in Windsor on Saturday, December 3.

At the time Lee said he was humbled by the public's response and described getting married as a 'brilliant feeling'.

He was crowned World Powerlifting Champion in Finland in 2010, just months after waking from a coma after a routine operation to solve a breathing problem went wrong.

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