One of the world’s top teenage boxers who had been compared to Muhammad Ali has died in a motorway crash.
Mohammed Hashim died after his BMW collided with a central reservation barrier.
The 18-year-old was aspiring to be a pro-fighter and had even drawn comparisons with the great Muhammad Ali.
Mohammed, from Cardiff, Wales, had been ranked as high as second in the world for his age at the sport and had won national titles.
Police were called to the collision between junctions 14 and 15 near Membury Services, Wiltshire at around 1.30am.
An unnamed female passenger, 19, was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
Mohammed’s family have paid tribute to him, describing him as “generous and thoughtful”.
They said: “Mohammed was an inspirational individual with good morals and ethics; he was a giver, a doer and never liked receiving.
“He was the most generous and thoughtful person anyone could meet.
“Mohammed’s views in life was: be kind to everyone, even the unkind ones because paying bad with bad does not equal to good.
“Mohammed had the most electrifying smile in the world, he could light up any room he entered.
“At 16, he had already accomplished a lot in his life – he became a national champion in his field of boxing and made both his family and nation proud.
“At one point in his career Mohammed was ranked second in the world for his age and was known for fighting in a similar style to the legend and his namesake Ali.
“Mohammed was an outstanding young individual with great prospects and was always full of energy.
“It’s sad to see his life cut so short; he will be sadly missed and rest assured forever in our hearts.”