Birmingham community campaigner One Eyed Baz dies following ‘massive heart attack’

Birmingham community campaigner One Eyed Baz dies following 'massive heart attack'

Birmingham community campaigner One Eyed Baz dies following 'massive heart attack'. Credit: Facebook

Birmingham community campaigner Barrington Patterson – known to the community as One Eyed Baz – dies following ‘massive heart attack’.

TRAGIC NEWS – Birmingham community campaigner and reformed football hooligan Barrington Patterson – known to the community as One Eyed Baz – has died following a ‘massive heart attack‘ on Tuesday, March 22.

Baz, who was known across the Midlands for his work to combat homelessness, passed away on the morning of March 22, according to his wife.

She tweeted: “At 6 am this morning my beloved husband had a massive heart attack. Paramedics worked for over an hour to save him unfortunately it wasn’t to be our hearts are broken.”

The Birmingham City fan, who was also working on anti-knife crime in the community, turned his life around after being involved in football hooliganism as a younger man, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

Described as a well-known and respected figure in the city, Patterson was a former fighter who began working on various charitable projects in Birmingham.

Birmingham City FC led tributes for the ‘larger than life’ character: “The Club are saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong Bluenose, Barrington Patterson. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. May you rest in peace, Baz,” the club wrote on Twitter.

One person paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “You didn’t reside in Birmingham without knowing One Eyed Baz. R.I.P.”

“Rest in peace Blues terrace legend One Eyed Baz, who done so much good work for the homeless in Birmingham, shocking news,” another wrote.

Another person on Twitter said: “RIP One Eyed Baz. Legend round these sides and always showed love to people. Thoughts and prayers with his family and close friends.”

“Just told One Eyed Baz has passed away. Fascinating life, big loss for the charitable work he does in the city,” another wrote.

Writer and former football hooligan, Cass Pennant, said: “With great sorrow I come here to confirm I have lost my good friend and big-hearted Zulu warrior Barrington Patterson aka One-Eyed Baz this morning, a life to celebrate but right now my heart weeps for his loved ones.”

As noted by the Daily Star, Patterson once fought for a world International Kickboxing Federation Kickboxing Championship and also starred on Danny Dyer’s Deadliest men.

On March 19, just days before his sudden death, Baz shared his latest project would be working on stopping knife-crime in schools.

Writing on Twitter he said: “Bit of what I have been up to I hope that our work in the community will make a change.”

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