Ex-rugby star Ricky Bibey, 40, is found dead in four-star £350-a-night Italy hotel room alongside ‘seriously injured 43-year-old woman’
Former rugby league star Ricky Bibey has been found dead in a £350-a-night riverside hotel in Florence, Italy. The ex-sportsman, who retired from the game in 2012, died yesterday morning.
The 40-year-old made 215 appearances for five rugby league sides, including three stints at hometown club Leigh Centurions. Bibey was identified by police, according to local newspaper La Nazione.
He is understood to have arrived in the picturesque city with a woman on Friday night and they arrived back at the Hotel Continentale ‘in high spirits’ at 2am on Saturday.
The woman is understood to have been found bloodied and bruised before being taken to hospital. Today police sources in Florence told MailOnline they hoped to question the woman this evening or at the latest tomorrow morning.
An insider said: ‘She is recovering but is still sedated so we are waiting for the go ahead from medical staff at the hospital.
‘She has not been arrested and it will not be a formal questioning it’s more a question of trying to understand what happened in the room.
‘The hope was for an autopsy to be carried out on the man somet
A British man who was found dead in an Italian hotel room has been named as retired rugby star Ricky Bibey.
Police were called to the first floor of the Hotel Continentale in Florence after a UK citizen was found dead in his room yesterday at around 8am local time.
A woman was also rushed to hospital with suspected serious injuries.
Italian media outlet, La Nazione, reported the man found dead was Manchester-born rugby league star Bibey, 40, as his former team Wakefield Trinity paid tribute to him on Twitter.