The nephew of Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty has been killed while racing a horse and cart on a public road in London.
Mikey Connors, 32, died when his horse and cart were involved in a collision with a car on Saturday morning in Thamesmead.
A 30-year-old man has been arrested by police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Mikey Connors pictured with his horse Big T. Mr Connors was killed on Saturday morning
Mr Connors, pictured, died at the scene of the crash in Thamesmead on Saturday morning
Mr Connors is the nephew of reality TV celebrity Paddy Doherty, pictured
According to The Mirror, Mr Connors was the nephew of the well-known reality TV star.
Mr Connors’ horse, Big T, suffered extensive injuries and had to be put down by a vet.
Mr Connors’ brother Simey wrote on Facebook: ‘My heart is in bits over you … I saw you lying on the ground I ran over and got on my knees to beg Jesus and Mary for you to be OK.’
This is the latest tragedy to strike the reality TV star, who lost his mother Queenie in April to a ‘broken heart’ and his father Simon, a year earlier.
Simey Connors rushed to the scene of the accident after his brother failed to reach the finishing line following the race on the A 2016, Eastern Way.
Friends and relatives posted dozens for Facebook messages paying tribute to the dead man.
Mr Connors, pictured, was renowned among Travellers for racing his horse and cart
Tracey Sweeney wrote: ‘I’m so sorry for yer loss praying for his wife and kids.’
Kevin Carey added: ‘Rip Mickey you were a true gent pal may god give you best bed in heaven.’
Police are appealing for further information about Saturday’s fatal collision and are particularly interested to speak with anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident.
Witnesses can contact the serious collision investigation unit at Catford on 0208 285 1574, quoting CAD 2164/28JUL.
Otherwise, witnesses can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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