Super League referee dies, aged 26
Tributes poured through social media channels for the 26-year-old last night, who was from St Helens.
Former Saints star Apollo Perelini tweeted: “Really sad news of Chris Leatherbarrow @SuperLeague referee. I still remember when he first started. R.I.P Chris”
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.”
He leaves four-year-old daughter Daisy and partner Nicola.