Leeds-based rugby league club 'rocked' by tragic death of ex-player aged 33
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A spokesman for Betfred League One outfit Hunslet said the club “has been rocked by the news that former player Ben Heaton has passed away”.
The spokesman added: “A popular and hard-working three-quarter, Ben played for the Parksiders during 2019 and 2020, scoring 12 tries in 17 appearances.”
Shocked Hunslet chairman Kenny Sykes added: “This is devastating and the thoughts of everyone involved with Hunslet, past and present, are with Ben’s family and friends. He served this club very well, on and off the field and he will be sadly missed.”
Hunslet originally believed Heaton had been involved in a motor accident, but later said they had been “misinformed”. His cause of death has not been revealed.
Another of Heaton’s former clubs, Halifax Panthers, said in a Facebook post: “Halifax Panthers are devastated by the news that former player Ben Heaton tragically passed away last night [Thursday] at the age of 33.
“Ben spent 7 years at The Shay and was beloved by all those that knew him. Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time. RIP Fluff, you will be sorely missed.”
Heaton played 137 times for Halifax, scoring 58 tries. His other clubs included Batley Bulldogs and Oldham.
Halifax will hold a minute’s silence in Heaton’s honour before Sunday’s home game against Barrow.