Bodybuilder dies three years after car crash which killed two pals


A SCOTTISH bodybuilder who survived a horror car crash which killed his two of his friends has died from a suspected drug overdose.

Raymond Thomson – who also lost his half brother and a former girlfriend in recent tragedies – survived the head-on car crash in Edinburgh three years ago but suffered brain damage.

The 22-year-old was said to have been awarded thousands of pounds in compensation from the crash.


A member of his family claimed Raymond blew the money on drugs after getting in with the wrong crowd.

It is believed that his girlfriend Rachel Simpson woke up next to him in bed in Peebles, Scottish Borders, on Friday and found him lifeless.

Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene after failing to resuscitate him.

The death comes just two months after his ex-girlfriend Meighan Reid, 17, died in a suspected drug-related death.

Raymond also lost his half brother Oliver Eaton, 26, two years ago after he crashed his Audi A3 into a tree on A721 near Kirkdean in Peeblesshire.

Meighan Reid, a former girlfriend died in November last year

On Sunday, Rachel Simpson paid tribute to tragic Raymond by sharing dozens of images of the couple together.

She wrote: “So gutted to have woke up to you next to me like this. Breaks my heart. I’ll remember all our amazing times we spent together and memories that will never be forgotten.

“Had so much ahead of us and I can’t believe you are gone. Still can’t believe it. I miss you so much, love u forever.”

Nacisha Jones said: “Another friend gone. Can not believe it a was only with you the other day. I’m still in shock.

Oliver Eaton, Raymond’s half brother who died in a car crash in 2016

“R.I.P Raymond I’ll never forget the times we had growing up absolutely devastated. Sleep tight hun I’ll never forget you.”

Johnboy Chapman wrote: “Sad times another young life taken too soon. RIP Raymond Thomson bro.”

Stepbrother Floyd Eaton, 29, told a newspaper today: “He had never been the same since. He would do anything and go with anyone.

“He was hanging about with idiots who acted like his best pal. I knew it was coming.”

Raymond was left fighting for his life in November 2014 when Hyundai he was a travelling in crashed head-on into Subaru on Old Dalkeith Road in Edinburgh.

Front seat passenger Kyle Thomson, 22, and father-of-three driver Sean Allan were killed, while Raymond was put in an induced coma.

It later emerged that Sean Allan did not hold a driving licence and the car he was driving did not belong to Sean or his passengers.

Raymond’s half brother Oliver died on 22 May 2016 after colliding with a tree after leaving the A721 near Kirkdean.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police in the Scottish Borders were called to a house in Violet Bank, Peebles, around 1.10pm on Friday 12th January following a report of concern for a man.

“The 22-year-old was sadly pronounced dead at the scene and the death is unexplained pending further enquiries, but is not being treated as suspicious.

“A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”