LEEDS, England (AP) — Rob Burrow, a former rugby star who was widely praised for his fundraising campaigns after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2019, has died. He was 41.

Leeds Rhinos announced his death on Sunday. Burrow spent his entire career at the English rugby league club and helped them win eight Super League titles.

He retired in 2017 and two years later it was revealed Burrow had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neurone disease (MND). He went on to raise millions of pounds (dollars) to help build a new care center for ALS patients alongside former teammate Kevin Sinfield.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend,” Leeds said in a statement.

“Rob has always been a true inspiration throughout his life whether that was on the rugby league field or during his battle with MND … For those who knew Rob throughout his life, his determination and spirit in the face of MND over the last 4 1/2 years came as no surprise.

“Rob never accepted that he couldn’t do something. He just found his way of doing it better than anyone else.”


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