London: A Turkish boxing referee has been found dead in his London hotel room before the Olympic Games officially begin, on Friday.
Bayram Altug, the head of the Turkish Boxing Federation, said a colleague found the 73-year-old Garip Erkuyumcu dead in his bed on 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.