Mike Lee OBE

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 10th September 2018

Mike Lee, the former Head of PR at West Ham United has died after suffering a heart attack.

The sports communications guru, who also worked for UEFA, the Premier League and the International Rugby Board during an illustrious career died suddenly at the weekend; he was just 61.

Lee, who was married to former Millwall Chair Heather Rabbatts and awarded an OBE in 2005 spent two years at West Ham during the Icelandic era as a non-executive director and PR consultant.

Most recently he had been working for public relations firm Vero Communications, the company he set up in 2006 following his role in bringing the Olympics to London. He also worked on the Olympic campaigns of Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018 and Paris 2024.

A company statement published on Monday morning read: "Thanks to the legacy of Mike, and the strength of the senior team that has been at the core of the business over the past decade, Vero is well positioned for the future, with clients across the world of sport."

Meanwhile John Zerafa, a direcotr of Vero said: "Mike was a force in communications - always inspiring, challenging and innovative and leaves an indelible legacy in the world of sport.

"He will be deeply missed by all those who have worked with him, and been advised by him. On behalf of the entire Vero team, our thoughts are with Mike's wife Heather, his son Alex and stepson Euan."

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