Tragedy as Aussie football star found dead in Barcelona nightclub 30 hours after mysteriously vanishing during trip of a lifetime with fellow NRL players
- Redcliffe Dolphins player Liam Hampson has gone missing in Spain while on holiday
- His young NRL mates and his sister issued desperate pleas to find Hampson
- Hampson, AJ Brimson, Jordan Riki and Jesse Arthars cross Europe together
- They posted a picture of Hampson in the clothes he was last seen wearing
A rising NRL star has been found dead in a Barcelona nightclub 30 hours after he went missing.
Redcliffe Dolphins star Liam Hampson, 24, had been on the holiday of a lifetime traveling through Europe with Gold Coast Titans back Alexander ‘AJ’ Brimson and Brisbane Broncos stars Jordan Riki and Jesse Arthars.
Brimson shared a frantic post on Wednesday evening, explaining that Hampson had not been seen since visiting Barcelona nightclub Sala Apolo at 4.30am on Tuesday.
Barcelona police confirmed to Seven News early Thursday AEST that a body believed to be that of Hampson has been found.
“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,” police said.
Hampson’s death is being treated by police as an accident.
The sad news emerged just hours after Brimson launched a desperate appeal to find him.
“Haven’t been able to be contacted and no one has seen him for 24 hours…was traveling with a group and was very out of character, any info would be greatly appreciated,” Brimson wrote.
Queensland footballer Liam Hampson has gone missing in Spain, sending friends and family into a frenzy as they desperately try to find him
Gold Coast Titans’ fullback Alexander ‘AJ’ Brimson posted a picture of his friend Liam Hampson on Wednesday night Australian time, showing Hampson in the clothes he was last seen wearing
Later Wednesday, Riki reposted the photo with a message asking for help finding him.
‘Please help or share this [message] it’s very scary for all of us, he’s our best mate, we want to find him,’ Riki wrote on his Instagram.
Hampson’s sister Tiarna also shared a desperate appeal on Instagram: ‘Please if you are traveling in Barcelona keep an eye out for Liam. Praying you are ok.’
On Facebook, she wrote ‘My brother Liam Hampson is currently missing in Barcelona, Spain.
Brimson (left) and Hampson (right) on their European trip with Australian mates
Hampson (top left) during his European holiday with other young rugby league stars including Jordan Riki (front left)
Liam Hampson (far right) with his Australian mates during the European travel days before he suddenly disappeared in Barcelona
Liam Hampson (right) in Paris watching Lionel Messi play football
“If you know anyone in Barcelona who will be traveling to Barcelona, please let them know to keep an eye out.”
The young footballer’s mother Lorna wrote: ‘he is loved by so many and we try to think positively’.
Hampson had been on holiday around Europe with Brimson, Riki and Arthars.
The young friends have posted dozens of photos from their adventure-filled travels over the past month, including snaps from Paris, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Munich and Positano in Italy.
Hampson plays lute for the Redcliffe Dolphins and his teammate Bryce Donovan sent a message looking for information on his whereabouts.
The Dolphins have secured a place in the 2023 NRL season, but Hampson is not among the club’s best squad.
This was told by the team’s NRL recruiting manager Peter O’Sullivan Daily Telegraph A “really nice young lad”, Hampson said he was shocked by the news.
The Dolphins have begun investigations to help track down the football player.
“We have no further details, we have made some inquiries internally and hopefully we can find out more,” a spokesman said.
“We hope Liam is OK, 30 hours is a long time so it’s a concern.”
Liam Hampson is pictured with his mum Lorna on Mother’s Day