British Rugby League star Terry Newton has been found dead at his home in Wigan, Greater Manchester. The 31-year-old had reportedly hanged himself in a suicide bid. According to the Daily Mirror, the hooker made one last entry on his Facebook page in the early hours of this morning, which read: “Luv u all but end time xxxx.”
Newton had been issued with a two-year ban from the game in February, after testing positive for a human growth hormone (HGH), and had been trying to deal with the death of his younger sister Leanne, who died from pneumonia last year.
“This is a personal tragedy and our thoughts are with Terry’s partner, his children and his family at this terrible time.”
Newton, who was father to two children, had been running a pub in Wigan with his father-in-law since his suspension, but missed life on the pitch. BBC News cites an interview with the star broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live in June:
“Initially it didn’t bother me that I wasn’t playing rugby but now watching games it is starting to sink in,” Newton said.
“I’ve made one of the biggest mistakes of my life and I know it is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”
The star has previously played for Leeds, Wigan and Bradford before having his contract cancelled by Wakefield. A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said “there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death”.
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