Frederick Percival Mills 26 June — 25 July was a British boxer , and the world light heavyweight champion from to Mills excelled first as a middleweight , and most successfully as a light-heavyweight boxer, but also fought as a heavyweight. He was described as Britain's biggest boxing idol in the post-war period and remained a popular media personality after his retirement from the ring. Once he had retired from boxing, Mills moved into boxing management and promotion, and pursued a career in entertainment, working in radio, television notably as co-presenter of the early BBC TV music show, Six-Five Special between and , and on the stage, as well as playing roles in a number of films between and He opened a Chinese restaurant in Soho before there was an established Chinatown in the area and also ran his own London nightclub until his mysterious death. He received a pair of boxing gloves when he was eleven, and he used to spar with his brother Charlie. He attended St Michael's School in Bournemouth until the age of fourteen, and then became an apprentice gardener and later a milkman 's assistant.
Username or Email Address. Remember Me. His family vehemently rejected the notion that Mills had taken his own life. It was murder, they said. Conspiracy theories run amok, numerous underworld gangsters remain implicated, and several books have been published that claim to, but fail to, unveil the truth.
Please refresh the page and retry. I t is a mystery that has endured for more than 50 years: who killed Freddie Mills? The British former light heavyweight champion of the world, who went on to become a showbusiness star and Soho nightclub owner, was found dead in the back seat of his car in , with a bullet through his eye. The official verdict was suicide but his family always maintained he was murdered, and there were rumours that the Kray twins were involved. Now the son of a London casino boss has come forward to the BBC to claim that his father masterminded the killing, in collusion with the notorious American mobster, Meyer Lansky. R oger Huntman says his father, Benny Huntman, was responsible for the murder. M r Huntman said he was instructed by his father to take a message to Mills, arranging a meeting to hand over the money on July Later I found out it was Meyer Lansky. He was there on the night Mills was shot.
Freddie Mills, World Champion Light Heavyweight boxer, family man and Soho night club owner was found dead in suspicious circumstances inside his car at the back of his nightclub in Goslett Yard on the 25th July, His body, slumped in the backseat of his silver Citroen had been mortally wounded by a single bullet to the right eye. A fairground rifle stood upright close by his legs. Over 50 years later, what happened on that fateful night still remains a mystery. A devoted family man who loved spending time with his children and family, Mills basked in the limelight of fame and the glittering baubles that came with it. And thank god because now, all these years later, we can see Freddie whenever we like. Born and raised in Bournemouth, Freddie Mills came from a poor background.