Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men star ‘One Eyed Baz’ dies aged 56: Ex football hooligan and kickboxer Barrington Patterson who was blinded in one eye when his sister threw a can at him passes away after heart attack
- Ex-football hooligan Barrington Patterson has died of a heart attack aged 56
- He was in Birmingham’s Zulu Warriors firm and was nicknamed One-Eyed Baz
- He was on Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men but later became an anti-crime activist
Former football hooligan and kickboxer Barrington ‘Baz’ Patterson has died of a heart attack aged just 56.
The ex-thug, nicknamed One-Eyed Baz because he was blind in his left eye, was part of Birmingham City’s hooligan firm the Zulu Warriors in the 1980s.
He starred on Danny Dyer’s TV show Deadliest Men, with the EastEnders regularly calling Barrington one of the most terrifying people he had ever encountered.
Former football hooligan and kickboxer Barrington Patterson, known as One-Eyed Baz, (pictured) has died of a heart attack aged just 56
Barrington Patterson poses during the Thunder & Lightning 5 Kickboxing Championships in New York in 1999
The hooligan-turned-activist from Handsworth, Birmingham, died after a heart attack at around 6am today.
His partner Tracey said: ‘Paramedics worked for over an hour to save him. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Our hearts are broken.’
He was blinded when he was a child after his sister threw a can at him. However, he still managed to fight in kickboxing bouts across the globe when he grew up.
Barrington Patterson attends the UK Premiere of The Guvnors at Odeon Covent Garden on August 27, 2014
He also made an appearance in 2006 documentary The Real Football Factories and acted in 2014 crime film The Guvnors.
Although his early life was marred with violence, Barrington turned his life around.
He became a community figure who helped people fight knife crime and homelessness.
His last tweet before he died was promoting his activism after he visited a school in London to warn children not to join crime gangs.
Tributes poured in from the former hooligans as well as from the footballing community.
Former Zulu Warrior Tyson Leon, said: ‘He was a Birmingham legend.
Birmingham City FC said: ‘The Club are saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong Bluenose, Barrington Patterson. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends of him at this difficult time. May you rest in peace, Baz.’ Pictured: Barrington on his 49th birthday in 2014
‘He lived for his family, he lived for the Blues.
‘He did things no other black bloke had done.’
Meanwhile, Birmingham City FC said: ‘The Club are saddened to learn of the passing of lifelong Bluenose, Barrington Patterson.
‘All of our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. May you rest in peace, Baz.’
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.