Bradley Welsh: Tributes paid for Trainspotting 2 actor

T2 writer leads tributes to Bradley Welsh after shooting

Trainspotting 2 actor Bradley Welsh. Image: Hibernian Retro

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Police are investigating the death of actor Bradley Welsh after he was shot dead in Edinburgh on Wednesday night.

The actor, 42, died following an incident in the city’s Chester Street on Wednesday evening.

Police were called to the scene at around 8pm and found a man with serious injuries.

Officers are treating the death as suspicious after the man died at the scene.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "The death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing.

"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."

Police at the scene of the shooting of Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh.

Resident Alasdair Morton tweeted: "Armed police all over Chester Street. Road closed off. We have been told to go inside. Before doing so we heard the police say to the national incident response unit - gunshot wound to the head."

Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle.

He also appeared in Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men in 2008, describing himself as a "born leader".

Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh paid tribute to his "amazing" friend online.

He tweeted: "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."

Floral tributes being left for Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh. 

The actor later became involved in charity projects in Edinburgh, including helping young people to stay away from a life of crime through his Holyrood Boxing Gym.

Hibernian Retro, which celebrates Hibernian FC, expressed their sadness at the news.

Writing on Twitter, they said: “Hibernian Retro would like to pass on their sincere condolences to friends and family of Bradley Welsh.

“His work around Edinburgh from Foodbanks, Football Camps, Charity Work & his beloved Boxing, will always be remembered.

“A Lifelong Hibernian Supporter. A Family Man. RIP.”

Boxing Scotland’s chief operating officer Fraser Walker said: "The Boxing Scotland family is extremely shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic passing of Bradley.

"He was one of a kind and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Bradley's family at this extremely difficult time."

Words by Wesley Hudson.

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