London Olympics: Turkish boxing referee found dead at London hotel

Updated: Jul 27, 2012, 21:55 PM IST

London: A Turkish boxing referee has been found dead in his London hotel room before the Olympic Games officially kick off Friday.

Bayram Altug, the head of the Turkish Boxing Federation, said a colleague found the 73-year-old Garip Erkuyumcu dead in his bed Thursday. A heart attack is the suspected cause, reports Xinhua.

Altug said Erkuyumcu was a member of the International Boxing Association`s refereeing and judging commission and would have been assisting referees during the Games.

Erkuyumcu`s body will be flown back to Turkey next week.