Brisbane Broncos star Jordan Riki writes emotional tribute following close friend Liam Hampson’s tragic death during their ‘trip of a lifetime’ in Barcelona: ‘I’m so sorry’
Jordan Riki has posted an emotional tribute to his friend and traveling companion Liam Hampson following his tragic death.
Hampson, 24, was found dead in a Barcelona nightclub on Wednesday night local time while on a European “trip of a lifetime” with Riki, AJ Brimson and Jesse Arthurs.
The 24-year-old Redcliffe Dolphins player attended the Sala Apolo nightclub with the group on Tuesday night before they lost contact with him in the early hours, believed to be around 5.30am.
Jordan Riki has posted an emotional tribute to Liam Hampson following his tragic death
Riki wrote ‘I’m so sorry’ after Hampson was found dead in a Barcelona nightclub this week
After a 30-hour search, Barcelona police confirmed early Thursday AEDT that a lifeless body, believed to be that of Hampson, has been found at the venue.
“This morning, staff at the nightclub where Liam was last seen found a body on the floor of an area of the nightclub, Sala Apolo,” a police statement said. The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported police believe that Hampson may have fallen from a height of 10 meters.
And Riki has written a tribute to his close friend on Instagram following his tragic death, writing “I’m so sorry”.
“I love you my brother your beautiful soul I’m so sorry,” Riki wrote on his Instagram stories alongside a photo of the couple.
‘Can’t put into words how I feel. Love you bro. I am so sorry.
‘Please know that I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped find our boy, words cannot express how grateful I am to you,’
Liam Hampson (far right) with his Australian mates during the European trip. Police are treating his death as a tragic accident
‘Everyone who reached out and posted on your social media asking for your family/friends to help, thank you so much … RIP my beautiful brother.’
Hampson played in the Queensland Cup for the Dolphins earlier this year and a club spokesman said he caught the eye of coach Wayne Bennett ahead of their inaugural season in the NRL.
‘It is just terrible what has happened. We can’t believe it,” they told News Corp. “Liam was full of life and really popular with the guys here at Redcliffe.
‘He was a good player, he won us a game against Burleigh in the final to get us into the grand final, he scored a try and changed the tempo of the game.
‘After that game Liam had a conversation with Wayne Bennett (Dolphins NRL coach) who was impressed with his attitude.
‘He was only small for a whore, but he really punched above his weight and had great courage.
‘Our thoughts go out to Liam’s family and friends.’