Sheffield wrestling star Kris Travis dies aged 32

Sheffield wrestler Kris Travis
Sheffield wrestler Kris Travis
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A popular Sheffield wrestler who defied doctors by returning to the ring after being diagnosed with cancer has died aged 32.

Kris Travis was a staple on the UK wrestling scene and much-loved by both fans and fellow professionals.

Despite having surgery to remove a stomach tumour and undergoing 18 weeks of chemotherapy, Kris made an in-ring comeback last year to the delight of his fans.

But one month after his return match he retired for good as his cancer battle continued.

He said at the time: “I’m going to put this out there right now – I won’t ever be wrestling ever again. Gutted yes. But I have to accept this. Lots of love.”

Sheffield Wednesday fan Kris, who lived in the S13 area of the city, dedicated much of his time over the last year to raising funds for Sheffield charity Cavendish Cancer Care.

Victoria Wood, from the Broomall-based charity, said: “When Kris was told his cancer had returned, it was a shock to everybody who knew and supported him. The entire wrestling community got behind him in his fundraising for us and it really meant the world to him.

“We’re all devastated. He was a brilliant ambassador for Cavendish Cancer Care and we were proud when he accepted to become our patron. Kris’s loyal friends and supporters have raised thousands for us in his name. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”