Rugby league referee’s death ruled as suicide

Referee Chris Leatherbarrow
Referee Chris Leatherbarrow

A coroner has ruled that the death of a rugby league referee was suicide.

Chris Leatherbarrow, who is family described as a devoted dad to daughter Daisy, was found hanged, at his home in Blackbrook, aged 27 on November 1.

He had worked his way up to become a Super League referee shortly before his death which was met with shock and sadness in the rugby league community.

Hundreds, including former and present players, attended his funeral at Lowe House Church last year.

Following a hearing at St Helens Coroners’ Court, it was concluded that Mr Leatherbarrow committed suicide.