Police are now treating the death of David Ross, also known as Les, as murder.
Following results of a post mortem examination carried out yesterday, Northants Police has today (Wednesday) confirmed the death of Mr Ross, a partner in the new Corby nightclub Rubix, is being investigated as a murder.
Mr Ross, 39, was found at bed and breakfast accommodation above the shops in The Jamb, in Corby Old Village, on Monday at about 2.40pm with an unexplained head injury.
He was well-known and respected in Corby and many tributes have been paid to him on social networking sites.
Flowers have also been left at the scene where Mr Ross’ body was found.
He was the business partner of Jon Cowell and the pair opened Lounge 66 and Rubix, in Corporation Street, on December 6.
Mr Cowell said: “We are all devastated. Les was an amazing man and a gentle giant.”
Corby town centre manager Dan Pickard said: “I am saddened and shocked by his death. He was so popular and very well-known in Corby, and a highly respected man.”
It is understood Mr Ross has family members living in Kettering and in Ireland.
Police made an appeal earlier this week for witnesses of any assaults in the Corby town centre and Old Village areas after 2am on Monday, December 17 to contact the Operation Lane Investigation Team on 101.
Information can be also given on an anonymous basis by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.