Rob Burrow's family and club pay heartbreaking tribute to 'true inspiration who never allowed others to define what he could achieve'

Rob Burrow was left in tears on stage
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Former Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow, who raised awareness after his Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis, has died aged 41.

The club confirmed the news in a statement shared a short while ago, as they paid tribute to a “beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend”.

Burrow, who played at number seven, won eight Super League titles with Leeds Rhinos before being diagnosed with the disease aged 37.

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Rob Burrow (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) -Credit:Getty Images
Rob Burrow (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) -Credit:Getty Images

In a statement a spokesperson for Leeds Rhinos said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend.

“Rob has always been a true inspiration throughout his life whether that was on the rugby league field or during his battle with motor neurone disease. He never allowed others to define what he could achieve and believed in his own ability to do more.

“The outpouring of love and support that Rob and the whole Burrow family have received over the last four and a half years meant so much to Rob. In particular, the rugby league family and the motor neurone diseased community have rallied around Rob to support him, thank you for your support.

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It continued: “For those who knew Rob throughout his life, his determination and spirit in the face of motor neurone disease in the last four and a half years came as no surprise. Rob never accepted that he couldn’t do something, he just found his own way of doing it better than anyone else. He will continue to inspire us everyday.

“In a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream.”