Bradley Welsh, star of the recent Danny Boyle film Trainspotting 2, has been shot dead in Endinburgh. He was just 42 years of age.
The actor, who played the role of gangland figure Doyle in the sequel, was killed in Scotland’s capital on Wednesday night. Police confirmed that they found a man seriously injured after being called to incident in the city at around 8:00 p.m. He died at the scene.
“His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing,” police said in a statement. “Officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence in the area to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather information that can assist with this investigation.
“Anyone who believes they have any relevant information should contact police immediately.”
Welsh, who was born in Edinburgh and a former British ABA lightweight boxing champion, starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle the Trainspotting film.
Irvine Welsh, writer of Trainspotting 2, took to social media to say: “Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. 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.”
Prior to his big break on Trainspotting, Welsh had no previous acting experience. In 2009, Welsh was one of the featured men on the docu-series “Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men.”
A huge fan of Hibernian Football Club, locals began leaving scarfs of the team at the location that Welsh had been killed along with flowers and messages of love.
Taking to social media, one woman wrote You to me are treasure, you to me are dear. Our coach, our motivator but most importantly our friend, Brad Welsh” in tribute.
Det Supt Allan Burton has urged witnesses or any other people with information to come forward to help with the investigation: “Murders remain extremely rare in the capital, and such incidents where a firearm are used are even more uncommon,” he said in a statement. “However, we wish to reassure the public that considerable resources are being dedicated to this inquiry and we are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness.”