Well-known martial artist Barrington Patterson has sadly passed away. He was known as One-Eyed Baz since he was blind in his left eye. Patterson was a part of Birmingham City’s hooligan firm the Zulu Warriors in the 1980s. The artist’s wife Tracey took to social media in the early hours of Tuesday, March 22, to share the saddening piece of news. Taking to Twitter, Tracey wrote that her beloved husband passed away at 6 AM. She added that West Midlands Ambulance Service worked for over an hour to save him but they could not.
Barrington Patterson’s wife revealed his death cause. Tracey said that he had a massive heart attack that snatched his life this early. Within the announcement of the news, it surfaced online and met with sincere condolences and tributes to the late artist. Several people came forward to pay heartfelt respects to Barrington. Frank Bruno, Birmingham City, and former boxer are among those to have paid tribute to Mr. Barrington.
Bruno shared a post on Twitter where he wrote that he just heard that his long-standing friend has died and had left everyone shocked. I am in shock, said tweeted Bruno. The hooligan-turned-activist had appeared in the 2006 documentary The Real Football Factories. He had also acted in “The Guvnors”, a 2014 crime film. Earlier, Barrington’s life was stained with violence but somehow he managed to turn his life around and changed it for the better.
Patterson became a community figure who helped people fight homelessness and knife crime. Even his last post on Twitter was the promotion of his activism after he visited a London-based school to warn children not to join crime gangs. After the news was announced, tributes poured in from the ex-hooligans along with the football community. He was a Birmingham legend, said the former Zulu Warrior Tyson Leon. Tyson added that he lived for the Blues, and his family and did things that no other black bloke had done.
Apart from him, Birmingham City FC stated that the club is saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong Bluenose, Barrington Patterson. Talking more about Mr. Barrington, he was featured in a TV series called Britain’s deadliest man. It was presented by actor Danny Dyer. Barrington is a kickboxer and a youth mentor who always lived life on his own terms. His sudden death has affected everyone who loved him and wished good for him. May his soul rest in peace!