Chris Eubank’s son Sebastian, who was a boxer like his legendary father, died just a week short of his 30th birthday in July last year after suffering a “massive heart attack”.
A year after his death, his father and wife Salma Abdelati, 41, lived with him Dubaipaid tribute to the anniversary.
Sebastian, the third oldest of Eubank’s five children, died of an undiagnosed heart condition 32 days after giving birth to his son Raheem while watching the sunset.
The family’s wish is for the now-year-old heart surgeon to be named in memory of his father, who called himself Alka-Löwe and fought in two professional fights and won both.
Chris Eubank, 51, narrates Sunday people: “I can’t tell you how proud I am of this man. He was my son and I loved him. Every moment we shared was my happiest, but there were so, so many moments I missed when we weren’t together.
Chris Eubank with two of his sons Sebastian Eubank (left) and Chris Eubank Junior (right) at the NFL Pre-Game Party in London
The father-of-one who relocated to Dubai where he lived with his wife Salma and son Raheem went by the name of Alka Lion and fought in two professional bouts, winning both
Sebastian’s heartbroken widow Salma Abdelati (pictured with Sebastian left and right) described how he “died after having one of his favorite meals with one of his closest friends”.
Salma wants her son to be a surgeon and says: “If he studies athletics on the side, I wouldn’t mind. For me, he must have a job that helps people.”
The 41-year-old, who lost her father shortly after her husband, added: “Seb was so proud of his father and felt very close to him. It was a deep and spiritual relationship. I see many similarities between them.”
The Sudanese native, who grew up in the UK, said she overheard the boxing legend saying to her son: “You’re amazing” and “It’s really, really beautiful,” which was reassuring.
She thinks the “pure” Sebastian “would want me to be happy and move on”.
Sebastian is survived by his wife Salma (pictured together) and son Raheem
Sebastian (pictured with his father) during the pre-fight weigh-in for the 2019 IBO World Super Middleweight Title
But said her son couldn’t “be exposed to anybody” if Sebastian Eubank was a “very big person”.
She adds, “Who will fill these shoes?”
In 2018 they met in Abu Dhabi and fell in love. She said: “We started dating right away. Within the first 10 days he said, “You will be the mother of my children – I have manifested you, I know you are.” He always wanted many children.”
She will visit his “peaceful” grave in Abu Dhabi this week with her son, who knows he “will continue to be a part of his life”. Chris agreed, saying, “He’s always with me.”
When Chris Eubank announced his death last year, he said of the “deep thinker who loved to challenge accepted wisdom” and who was “loved and respected by everyone”.
The former boxer said: “I never thought I would write those words or experience the feeling I have now at the loss of my son. My family and I are devastated to learn of Sebastian’s death just days before his 30th birthday.
Chris Eubank’s son Sebastian died in Dubai aged just 29, just days before his 30th birthday and a month after becoming a father
“He is survived by his wife Salma, his son Raheem, who was born just a month ago, his mother Karron Meadows, brothers Nathanael, Chris, Jr, Joseph, a sister Emily, and countless relatives and friends.
‘Sebastian grew up in Hove, England but for the last few years has lived his life in Dubai where he has had a large circle of friends and has been a leader in the introduction of healthy lifestyles and alternative therapies.’
The boxing legend added: “As well as being a personal trainer and professional boxer, Sebastian was a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom.
“He was loved and respected by all who knew him and will forever be in the thoughts of friends and family. As a family we now kindly ask that we be given space and privacy to celebrate his life and remember the son, brother, husband, friend.”