A Toronto man known for his good humour and adventurous spirit was among two Canadians killed in Dubai on Sunday when the Ferrari they were driving in slammed into a lamp post and split in half.

The National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates reported on the crash, which killed three people at about midnight local time. Global Affairs Canada confirmed that two of the victims were Canadians.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the two Canadian Citizens who passed away in the United Arab Emirates," spokesman Diana Khaddaj said. 

'Always happy'

Cody Nixon, a Toronto boxer and world traveller, was among those killed, his friends told CBC News. 

Nixon chronicled his globe-trotting adventures on his Instagram account, TravelWithCody, where pictures show him jumping out of planes, scuba-diving and lounging on beaches in exotic locations. 

His final post shows him posing with a newly rented Ferrari in Dubai

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Nixon chronicled his world-travelling adventures on social media. (Facebook)

"He was a really funny, loving, caring guy. He was always happy," Meesheen Gustanoff, Nixon's friend of seven years, told CBC News. 

Nixon was her fiancé's best friend of 16 years and would have been the best man at their wedding, she said. 

"He will always be loved and missed very much," she said.

'Part of the boxing family' 

Nixon was a former member of Motor City Boxing in Oshawa, Ont., and represented Ontario at the Canadian Boxing Championships in 2012, boxing coach Don Nelson told CBC News. 

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Nixon was also a beloved member of Toronto's boxing community. (Motor City Boxing/Facebook )

"At the club, Cody was a genuine nice guy known for keeping us laughing, entertained and occasionally on our toes. Although Cody had been out of the sport for about four years, he was part of the boxing family," Nelson said. 

"We are truly saddened to hear this news. Our condolences go out this his family and friends for a young life lost much too soon."

Tributes poured in on social media, where friends repeatedly described Nixon as fun-loving, charismatic and funny. 

CBC News has not been able to confirm the identity of the other two victims, but friends say Nixon was travelling with a cousin. 

The federal government said it is working with Canadian consular officials in the United Arab Emirates to provide assistance to the families.