THE RFL have confirmed the death of referee Chris Leatherbarrow.
The 26-year-old, from St Helens, leaves a four-year-old daughter Daisy and partner Nicola.
Details have not been revealed, but 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.”
Leatherbarrow refereed regularly in the lower divisions, but had also been in charge of Super League matches involving Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.