AUTHOR Irvine Welsh has led the tributes to Bradley Welsh, the ex Hibs football casual and T2 Trainspotting star who has been shot dead in Edinburgh.

The 42-year-old who also appeared in an episode of Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men, was killed in an incident in Chester Street.

Armed officers were sent to the city's west end at about 8pm on Wednesday.

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Mr Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing the gangland figure Mr Doyle.

Author Irvine Welsh, a friend of the former boxer led the tributes to "his beautiful friend" on social media.

HeraldScotland:

The Trainspotting writer said: "Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way."

Edinburgh boxer Jason Easton said: "I can’t believe the news I’ve just heard of Brad Welsh! Absolutely heartbroken he was truest a gentleman and always looked after me before turning pro. Rest easy big guy."

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Actor Danny Dyer, who featured Mr Welsh in the Bravo docuseries, “Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men” in 2009, posted a touching tribute to the boxer on Instagram.

He shared an old picture of the pair along with the caption: "So sad to hear the news about Bradley Welsh. A good soul with a massive heart. A massive loss. Rest in Peace my old son."

Fellow Hibs fan Isla Smith said: "A coloured past however [he] truly cared for the Edinburgh community, setting up food banks and coaching young children in boxing. Will be missed terribly. Thoughts go out to friends and family. A true Hibernian soldier."

The Tenants and Residents in Muirhouse and Friends of West Pilton group tweeted: "Our thoughts are with Bradley Welsh family and friends...

"Bradley was a massive support when we had our community shop on Pennywell Road. R.I.P Brad."

An RIP Bradley Welsh Facebook page started by Holyrood Boxing Gym, which he ran, has been set up devoted to paying tribute.