By Calvin Palmer
The half brother of Tottenham Hotspur and England star Jermain Defoe has died as a result of a street attack in east London.
Jade Defoe, 26, suffered serious head injuries in the attack on Monday afternoon in Leytonstone, east London, and died in hospital last night.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We do not believe a weapon was used during the assault. We retain an open mind as to any motive and inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances of the incident.”
A 28-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in connection with the investigation.
He was released on bail, but was rearrested yesterday on suspicion of the same offense and remains in custody at an east London police station.
Jade Defoe, who was also known as Gavin and Esco Bars, was a popular on the urban music scene as a rapper who performed a form of hip-hop and garage known as grime.
More than 600 friends and fans joined a tribute page created on Facebook.
Jermain Defoe did not travel with his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates for their match with Manchester United today because of Jade’s death.
Tottenham Hotspur later released a statement, which read: “All at the club wish to extend their condolences to Jermain Defoe and his family following the death of his half-brother late yesterday.
“Our thoughts are with Jermain and his family at this sad time.
“The club will be giving Jermain both time and support whilst respecting his and his family’s privacy.”
Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 after being being down 2-0 at half-time.