Australian rugby league player found dead in Spanish club

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An Australian rugby league player has been found dead in Spain after going missing on a night out with friends.

Liam Hampson’s body was found on the floor of a Barcelona nightclub after an apparent fall, local media reported.

He had been traveling in Europe with a group including National Rugby League (NRL) players, who reported him missing.

The 24-year-old’s family say they are “heartbroken” by his death, which they described as an accident.

Hampson played in the Queensland Cup for the Redcliffe Dolphins, a team that will enter Australia’s top-tier NRL next season.

He had become separated from his friends when leaving the Sala Apollo nightclub in the early hours of Tuesday local time, his family said on social media.

Relatives had asked for help in searching for him after he was not seen for more than 24 hours.

Barcelona police say Hampson’s body was found by employees around midday on Wednesday, the Brisbane Times reported.

Officers believe Hampson accidentally fell from a height of about 10m inside, the report said.

Agencies

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