Last photo of rugby hero Rob Burrow shows him smiling with family at MND fundraiser just weeks before his death aged 41

Last photo of rugby hero Rob Burrow shows him smiling with family at MND fundraiser just weeks before his death

Rugby legend Rob Burrow was all smiles in his final photo, taken at an MND fundraiser alongside his family, just weeks before his passing at the age of 41.

The former Leeds Rhinos player, who spent his entire career with the team and helped them win eight Super League titles, died peacefully at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, near his home. He was surrounded by his family after being taken ill earlier in the week.

Diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019, just two years after retiring from his rugby league career, Burrow dedicated himself to raising awareness and funds for the MND community.

The Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon and Half Marathon, held in his honor, saw around 14,000 runners take to the streets with the support of his close friend and former teammate Kevin Sinfield.

Despite his illness, Burrow remained a “beacon of hope and inspiration,” according to Sinfield, who, along with Prince Charles, paid tribute to his “wonderful friend” after his death. Burrow’s dedication to the MND cause led to the announcement of the new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease, a project that will continue his incredible work.

The MND Association described Burrow as a “passionate advocate” for those affected by the disease, while Prince William called him a “legend of rugby league” with a “huge heart.” His legacy lives on in the hearts of those he inspired through his bravery and determination.

Rob Burrow’s fight against MND, his dedication to raising awareness, and his unwavering spirit have left an indelible mark on the world, making him a true hero and an inspiration to all.


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