Trainspotting 2 Actor Is Shot Dead

Bradley Welsh shot in Edinburgh, where he owned a boxing gym
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2019 7:51 AM CDT

Those who watched Trainspotting 2 will know him as gangland figure Doyle. (See a clip here.) Actor Bradley Welsh, 48, who starred in the sequel to the popular original, was shot to death in his hometown of Edinburgh, reports the BBC. Welsh was found in a public stairwell, and police are treating it as a murder. However, they haven't provided any information about a motive, and no arrests have been made. Welsh, who also appeared in the TV series Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men, was perhaps better known as a boxer in his native Scotland.

Welsh was a former British ABA lightweight boxing champ, per Edinburgh Live. As a young man, he "mobbed and robbed" and spent time in jail, he revealed in an interview several years ago. "I was 17 years old, just turning 18, and I thought I was Don Corleone," he said. Boxing helped turn his life around, and he used his gym—the Holyrood Boxing Gym in Edinburgh—to help other young men avoid the mistakes he made. "My heart is broken," tweeted Irvine Welsh, author of the novel Trainspotting, upon which the first movie was based. "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." (More obituary stories.)

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