Ricky Bibey: Ex-rugby league star found dead in Florence hotel

Rick Bibey

Ricky Bibey has been named as the man who died in the Florence hotel room (Image: Twitter/WTrinityRL)

A British man found dead in a Florence hotel room with a seriously injured woman has been named as former rugby league star Ricky Bibey.

The 40-year-old’s body was discovered in his room by employees of the four-star Hotel Continentale on Saturday morning.

Bibey, who played for Wigan Warriors, St Helens, Leigh and Wakefield Trinity, reportedly arrived in Italy on Friday night with the 43-year-old woman believed to be his partner.

She is being treated at the city’s Careggi Hospital.

Forensic teams have been spotted at the luxury hotel, which is a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio in the city’s historic center.

An investigation was launched by Italian detectives. The hotel staff could not provide any information about the incident.

Former British star Leon Pryce wrote: “Sincere condolences to Ricky’s family. We’ve played against each other for about 14 years.

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Investigators launched an investigation into the death at the luxury hotel in Florence

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The emergency services were hurled to the crime scene in Florence

Hotel Continentale, Florence

The Hotel Continentale is just a stone’s throw from the famous Ponte Vecchio in Florence

‘Yorkshire against Lancashire and together for the English schools U16 boys. A great boy. Absolutely devastating news.’

Trinity tweeted: “We are saddened by the passing of former prop forward Ricky Bibey at the age of 40. Ricky played for Trinity between 2007 and 2009 and played 60 games.

“We extend our condolences to Ricky’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in contact with the Italian police following the death of a Briton in Florence.”

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