Rugby League is today in mourning following the death of referee Chris Leatherbarrow.
The news of the respected referee’s passing came late on Sunday evening as players, colleagues and clubs offered their condolences on social media.
He was aged 26 and leaves behind a young daughter.
It has yet to be confirmed what caused Leatherbarrow’s tragic death, with the RFL acknowledging the match official’s passing in a short statement.
Truly gutted. I’ll never forget the week we had on our Pre Season camp to Lanzarote. Gone too soon. RIP Chris x pic.twitter.com/0B3KsUJ8Kd
— Richard Silverwood (@SilversRef) November 2, 2015
RFL Chief Executive 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’ family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time.”