Rob Burrow dies as tributes flood in for Leeds Rhinos hero after battle with MND

Leeds Rhinos are mourning the loss of their legendary player Rob Burrow, who has died at 41 after a courageous fight against motor neurone disease.

The club released a heartfelt statement saying: "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 MND (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 half years meant so much to Rob.

"In particular, the rugby league family and the MND community have rallied around Rob to inspire him. Thank you for your support.

"For those who knew Rob throughout his life, his determination and spirit in the face of MND over the last four and 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 all every day. In a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream."

Following the heartbreaking news of Rob Burrow's passing, the MND Association took to social media to express their sorrow: "We're deeply saddened to learn of the death of our patron Rob Burrow CBE.

"Since his MND diagnosis in 2019, Rob has played a vital role in raising awareness and money to support our work. We will be forever grateful. Our thoughts are with Rob's family, friends and fans."

Piers Morgan, the well-known TV personality, also paid homage to Burrow on his social media, stating: "What incredibly sad news. A remarkable man who fought wretched Motor Neurone Disease with such courage, fortitude and determination.

"He raised so much money, and so much awareness, and helped so many other people. RIP Rob."