Ex-rugby league player Ricky Bibey ‘found dead in Florence hotel room’

Former rugby league player Ricky Bibey has been named by Italian media as the Brit found dead in a Florence hotel.

The 40-year-old from Manchester was reportedly found dead in his room at the four-star Hotel Continentale on Saturday morning after staff alerted the police.

He is said to have arrived on Friday with a 43-year-old woman believed to be his partner who is being treated at the city’s Careggi Hospital after she was found with serious injuries next to him.

Italian newspaper La Nazione said the man found dead was Bibey, who played for teams including St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Wakefield Trinity and Leigh Centurions.

His former clubs and team-mates paid tribute to him on Sunday, with Leon Pryce writing on Twitter: “Sincere condolences to Ricky’s family. We’ve played against each other for about 14 years.

“Yorkshire against Lancashire and together for the English schools U16 boys. A great boy. Absolutely devastating news. RIP Ricky.”

Leigh wrote that the team were “deeply saddened” to learn of Bibey’s death while he was “on holiday in Italy,” adding, “Everyone at the club sends their sincere condolences to their family and friends at this time.”

Wakefield wrote: “Trinity is saddened by the death of former prop-forward Ricky Bibey at the age of 40. Ricky played for Trinity between 2007 and 2009 and completed 60 games.

“We extend our condolences to Ricky’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Bibey was a professional rugby player for more than a decade until he retired in 2012 due to an Achilles tendon injury.

At the time of his retirement from the sport, Leigh said: “He’s a huge loss to us, both on the field and at club. Ricky had a fantastic career and he was a very good professional.”

Bibey is said to have worked as a real estate agent in the years after his retirement and previously managed a development company.

When approached by the PA news agency, Florence police and hotel staff were unable to provide any information about the incident and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) did not confirm reports on the man’s identity.

An FCDO spokesman said on Saturday: “We are in contact with Italian police following the death of a Brit in Florence.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/florence-leigh-manchester-italian-wakefield-trinity-b2125086.html Ex-rugby league player Ricky Bibey ‘found dead in Florence hotel room’

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