Great Britain boxer and Rochester pensioner Brian Packer, who fought at 1964 Tokyo Olympics, passes away following dementia battle

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Brian Packer Death: Cause of Death,

Brian Packer who represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 has died following a long battle with dementia.

Cause of Death

According to research ‘Dementia is not a specific disease but is rather a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interfere with doing everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Though dementia mostly affects older adults, it is not a part of normal aging.’

The 77-year-old was diagnosed 13 years ago. But he suffered ill health before, including mental issues, and had undergone a quadruple heart bypass.

According to Brian’s family, the former boxer had the illness after years of suffering punches to the head. Brain took boxing as a profession physically and mentally since the age of 11, while he was still a schoolboy.

Career

His career started at Dartford Amateur Boxing Club. An ended in 1972 when he was working as a pipeline welder and fell into a ditch, shattering his knee.

He was given £8,500 damages but despite his efforts, he was unable to fight again.

Even when his family is proud of him as an Olympian, Brain still lives with the guilt of not winning a gold medal during his encounter with Japanese boxer Takao Sakurai who went on to get the gold.

After his return from Japan, he won a place in the European Games in Moscow and won some reputable fights as a professional.

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Brian Packer Obituary:

Brian Packer Cause of Death: Dementia

Brian Packer Age: 1944 – 2021