May 05, 2015 News
– declared dead twice
The local boxing world was thrown into grief yesterday after news that former Guyanese and
World Boxing Association (WBA) Welterweight champion, Andrew ‘Six Head’ Lewis, was killed in a car accident along the East Bank Demerara Public Road.
Lewis, 44, whose career peaked in February 2001 after defeating James Page and becoming world champion at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, was declared dead twice by doctors yesterday.
There was confusion and a brawl at the hospital with grieving relatives forcibly removing his body from the Diamond Hospital, believing that he was still alive.
Doctors at Woodlands Hospital, in the city, where he was later taken, declared him dead also.
According to the reports, Lewis, a father of six, left his Hutsonville home, Hope, East Bank Demerara and was riding a bicycle south towards Friendship, a neighbouring village. It was around midday.
His only sister, Loren, who lives with him, was inconsolable at the Diamond Hospital. Several shocked family members, including two daughters and his siblings and friends were seen openly weeping.
Loren, who has been living with Lewis for the past 15 years at Hutsonville, said she was called by a neighbour who told her to come quick.
“I saw my brother lying down on the roadway.”
An ambulance from the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital rushed the badly injured man to the Diamond Hospital. He was later declared dead there.
Loren said she has been living with her brother for years now and has attended all
his fights. He has been more than a brother to her.
Police sources said that from initial indications, Lewis was struck from behind as the rear wheel of the bicycle was badly damaged.
His body apparently struck the windscreen of the black Toyota Premio Sedan, PNN 596. The windscreen was badly damaged. There were also dents to the back of the vehicle, suggesting that Lewis’ body also hit there before falling onto the road.
The driver, who was detained by police, reportedly claimed that the bicycle made a sudden turn in front of him and he was unable to stop.
At the Diamond Hospital, pandemonium broke out after a relative reportedly said she saw the former boxer’s eyes opening.
Relatives pushed their way into the hospital as staffers stood by helplessly.
There were several minutes of ‘brawling’ between a female staffer and a close family member of Lewis’.
As wide-eyed staffers watched, the body of the boxer was wheeled from the hospital room to outside.
Relatives were angry and accused the hospital of doing a poor job.
A wagon-type taxi was summoned and Lewis was placed along with the stretcher in the vehicle.
He was taken to the Woodlands Hospital Emergency Department where doctors also declared him dead.
The boxer’s eldest brother, Samuel Kellman, said that Lewis was the third of six brothers.
The boxer grew up in Albouystown and is considered a hero.
Boasting a record of 23 knockouts with four losses and two draws, his last fight in 2008 at the National Stadium saw him losing to Howard Eastman.
He was gifted a house lot in Eccles by Government, following his world championship win in 2001.
A few weeks ago, Lewis made headlines for another reason. He came out openly and denied that he was backing the ruling PPP/C as was being portrayed by a photograph.
He then stated his support for the Opposition coalition.
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