A Fijian medical examiner has ruled the death of a Tongan coach in Fiji was caused by suicide, after he was found dead at his boxing gym in Suva.
Tongan kāinga in Fiji posted photos and status on Facebook after they attended his funeral last week.
Sina ‘Aholelei Kami wrote: “Today we bid farewell to our Fiji boxing Champion and coach Tongan Napoleon Taumoepeau. Our condolences to the wife Angela and daughter Leila.”
Amatuer boxing coach Pauliasi Ratu had earlier said that Taumouepeau’s passing was a big loss for Fiji boxing, Fiji Times has reported.
Ratu and Taumoepeau had been part of the coaching panel for the national amateur boxing team.
Ratu had coached the boxers in the Pacific Mini Games in Vanautu last year while Taumoepeau coached Winston Hill and Jone Davule in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The death of the 41-year-old came after he had retired from boxing in November last year citing medical reasons.