Ex-rugby league star, Liam Walsh has sadly passed away at the age of 23 after being hit by a car.
Walsh was involved in an accident late on Saturday night and was rushed to a medical facility after suffering serious injuries, but medics were unable to save him.
A Cheshire Police statement read: “Sadly, despite the best efforts of all those involved, he passed away a short time later. His next of kin have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers.
“The driver of the car was uninjured.
“Enquiries in relation to the collision are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.
The Vikings paid tribute to their former star by wearing black armbands and holding a minute’s silence before Sunday’s fixture against Swinton Lions.
“I am devastated to hear the news of Liam’s passing this morning,” said Widnes chief executive Phil Finney.
“Liam was a very special person and a very important part of our club for a number of years.
“He made a lasting impression on everyone he met with his sense of humour and contagious personality. He was a one-off and will be remembered with great fondness by all at the club who had the pleasure of knowing him.
“We are all thinking about his family and friends at this really sad time.”
Rugby Football League vice-president Mike Smith said: “This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to Liam’s family and friends.
“From what I hear of Liam, it is clear that he was a very popular young man of whom his family can be extremely proud. He’ll be greatly missed and we will offer the club and the family whatever support we can.”
His former club, Widnes Vikings, held a minute’s silence before their game with Swinton Lions on Sunday and wore black armbands in his memory.
He made his Super League debut for the club at the age of 18 in 2017 against Leeds Rhinos and went on to make a further five appearances before he left in 2019.