Rugby league referee Chris Leatherbarrow has died, aged 26.
Rugby Football League chief Nigel Wood, said: “We are all truly shocked and saddened by the news of Chris Leatherbarrow’s untimely death.
“This is a dreadful tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Leatherbarrow leaves behind his partner Nicola and daughter Daisy.
The circumstances of the 2013 Championship Referee of the Year are unconfirmed.
The rugby league community have paid tribute to Leatherbarrow via social media:
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@ScottTagTaylor 1 hour ago
Just caught up on the news and shocking about Chris Leatherbarrow. Thoughts with his family. RIP x