Michael Katsidis's Brother Found Dead

By Vikram Sangar: The brother of WBO's Interim-Lightweight Champion Michael Katsidis has been found dead in Brisbane, Australia after a suspected drug overdose.

According to press reports, Stathi Katsidis, 31, one of Australia's top Horse Racing Jockeys had returned to his home after attending a Metallica concert in the city. At 8am yesterday morning, his partner Melissa Jackson was unable to wake him. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Tributes have poured in from around the world for the popular jockey, who had battled drug and alcohol problems in the past and appeared to turn his life around after winning a string of major races.

He was named the 2010 George Moore Queensland Jockey of the Year and was set to race in the prestigious $6.5 million dollar Melbourne Cup this weekend on one of the betting favourites for the race.

Boxing Brother Michael, 30, had been training in Thailand for his November 27th WBO World Title shot against Juan Manuel Marquez was said to be "Completely devastated" after being told of the news by his trainer.

He is currently en route back to Australia to be with his family and the fight is currently "the last thing on his mind" according to Manager Brendon Smith.

Katsidis's father, Harry, who lives in New South Wales in Australia went into shock on hearing of his son's death.

"The family is devastated," a family spokesman told press last night. "Harry has been in touch with Michael by phone in Thailand. The whole family is facing tough times ahead following the tragic news.

"Stathi was a very special young man and the news of his death is very, very sad. He will be remembered as a young man with a big heart and very much a gentleman."

Article posted on 19.10.2010

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