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8pagepre-showpul-out Talented boxer lost his fight against depression Devastated family tell of their anguish after 36-year-old father-of-three is found dead

Kylie Dembrey

Report by DAN COOPER email dan.cooper@newburynews.co.uk twitter @danc_nwn

TRIBUTES have been paid to a young woman who was found dead in Theale last week. Kylie Dembrey’s body was discovered in a house in Blossom Lane at 12.53am on September 6. Mark Sinclair, aged 30, of Blossom Lane, Theale, has been charged with murdering the 28-year-old mother-of-two. In a statement, Miss Dembrey ’s family said: “We are grieving the loss of Kylie, who has been cruelly taken from us too soon. “She had just embarked on a college course and was feeling optimistic about her future helping those with mental health problems. “Kylie was our daughter, sister, cousin and niece, and a mother totwo beautiful boys. “Although she was petite, she had a big personality and our lives will not be the same without her. “Kylie faced challenges in her life, but she overcame them with her sassiness and sense of humour. “We shall miss her smile and laugh and our world will be a quieter place without her.” Friends ofMiss Dembrey have set up a fundraising page to raise £3,000 for her funeral and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfund- ing/leanneharper n Please turn to page 5 Family pays tribute to ‘sassy’ Kylie

A TALENTED boxer has died after “losing the one fighthe couldn ’t win” – his battle against depression. In the ring, 36-year-old Bryan Richard- son was dubbed ‘Pitbull’ due to his fero- cious fighting style. However, outside the sport the father- of-three, who worked as a taxi driver in Newbury, was “a gentle giant” who “would do anything for anyone”. Unbeknown to many, he was fighting his own secret battle, suffering in silence, crippled by low self-esteem and feeling like he didn’t belong. And tragically, Mr Richardson was found dead on August 17, just weeks before his 37th birthday. His family believe he took his own life. Now his devastated mother, Laura Richardson, wants to end the stigma around mental health and get the message out to peoplethat “it’s OK not to be OK”. Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News this week, she said: “I have lost the most important person in my life. My world has been blown apart and nothing will ever replace him. “He lost his last fight that he’d been struggling with all his life. It was one fight he just could not beat. “Depression is an evil illness that lives in your head, but runs through every vein in your body. “When he was at his worst he’d say to me ‘mum, please let me go’, but I couldn ’t. I’d just hug him and try and make it better. “A few weeks before he died he put something out on Facebook that said ‘monsters don’t live under your bed, they live in your head’. “I just want to get the message out

Bryan‘Pitbull’ Richardson in action in the boxing ring

In addition to being a respected boxer, Mr Richardson was also a talented foot- baller – once attracting attention from both Reading FC and Arsenal– and was also a black belt in karate. However, despite his considerable sporting success, his illness made him feel like he was not good enough. Paying tribute to her son, who attended Winchcombe and Trinity schools, Mrs Richardson added:“He was a very special person, with the most contagious laugh. Everybody loved him. “He was very protective towards his

family and loved and adored his children. He was very cuddly and warm – I called him the king of hugs. “He would help anyone out. I just don ’t know how anyone could not like him. “He was just too nice for this world. They say the good ones die young and it’s true.” His uncle, Paul Tucker-Richardson, said: “He always gave so much love despite his inner trauma. Even though he had this macho image, he was never afraid to say ‘ I love you’. n Please turn to page 5

there that it’s OK not to be OK. “I want to end the stigma so that people who are suffering can talk about it. “I don’t want him to be forgotten. I want his memory to live on and Iwant to help other people with mental health problems.” Mr Richardson made his professional debut in 2013 and has regularly featured on the sports pages of the Newbury Weekly News in recent years. In 2016 he hit the headlines when he claimed UK Boxing Union ’s Super Series London light middleweight belt.

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