TRIBUTES have poured in for Tarro ‘Taz’ Grogan who died after he was stabbed twice in Blackburn shortly after 9.30am on Sunday.

The mixed martial arts fighter, a former British champion, of Peridot Close, Roe Lee, has been described as a ‘true warrior’ with a heart of gold.

His sister said: "How can life carry on when nothing feels worth it anymore, Tarro wasn't just my brother he was protector, my rock, the one person I could rely on no matter.

"Whatever I was going through, he had my back and I had his.

"I was blessed to have him and so proud to call him my brother. I may have a million people around me sayin they'll be there but no one will ever compare to him."

For almost a decade Mr Grogan, who worked as a labourer, trained at mixed martial arts gym, Blackburn Predators, on Chadwick Street, and during that time he even won a British title.

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The day before the former student at Witton Park High School died he was a spectator at the MMA UK Fighting Championships in Preston, a competition he has fought in on several occasions.

Head coach Rob Freedman, who has been training with Mr Grogan for the last eight years, described the father-of-two as a ‘naturally gifted athlete’ and says his death has left him ‘devastated’.

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The 43-year-old, from Livesey, said: “We at the club feel devastated by the death of our brother. He was a unique guy, one in a million, with a heart of gold.

“Taz fought multiple times at both boxing and MMA with a fantastic amount of success, even picking up a British title along the way.

“As a coach, you couldn’t want anything more, a naturally gifted athlete, with a drive to better himself and make all his friends and family proud of the man he is.”

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Gym bosses cancelled tonight's training session and instead members will meet at the Havelock Inn, from 7pm tonight, to discuss plans of putting on a boxing show in memory of the fighter. All the proceeds will go towards his two daughters, Brooke and Aroura.

Mr Freedman added: “Taz was a very loving and caring dad. We feel this is what he would have wanted.”

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Cherish Duckworth, Mr Grogan’s sister is also raising money for his two children and has set up a fundraising page. All donations will be divided between the girls when they turn 18.

On Facebook Ms Duckworth said: “Words cannot describe how I’m feeling right now. My heart is broken. I loved my little brother, my best friend more than life.”

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Following Mr Grogan’s death four people were arrested and remain in custody. They are a 26-year-old man, a 28-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman.

A post-mortem was carried out this afternoon to determine the medical cause of death.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 537 of Sunday, October 14.