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Liam Hampson funeral set after Barcelona death

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The family of rising rugby league star Liam Brett Hampson has set a date to farewell him and is asking attendees to come dressed in “casual, comfy clothes” to remember the 24-year-old.

The Redcliffe Dolphins player was reported missing in Barcelona on October 18 while on a whirlwind end-of-season trip around Europe with Gold Coast Titans star AJ Brimson and Brisbane Broncos players Jordan Riki and Jesse Arthars.

He was last seen by his friends at the popular Sala Apolo nightclub about 4.30am and had not been seen for 30 hours, prompting public pleas for help.

Club staff found the 24-year-old’s lifeless body at the bottom of a hole in an outside area, with managers from the nightclub saying Hampson “got lost” after exiting through an emergency door.

It is believed he fell at least 14m to his death.

Hampson’s aunt, Lorna Morton, has now posted details to Facebook about the 24-year-old’s funeral after the family gained permission to bring his body home to Australia.

“As Liam will have wanted, we ask that those attending to come dressed in, as Liam would say, ‘S**t Shirts and Birks’ or casual, comfy clothes,” Ms Morton wrote.

“We thank everyone for their support and for those who have reached out as we honour Liam’s memory as a community, as a team and as a family.”

Since his death, the 24-year-old’s devastated parents have also taken to Facebook to thank their friends, family and strangers who have offered condolences.

“We would like to say we have been so comforted by knowing how loved Liam was and the amount of lives he impacted,” the post read.

In the hours after Hampson’s disappearance, the rugby player’s family and friends frantically posted pleas to social media asking for answers, before his body was tragically found.

Nightclub employees have said Hampson walked through an emergency door inside the nightclub before climbing a small wall in an attempt to find his way out.

Due to the darkness, the 24-year-old couldn’t see the 14m drop, as the area was not open to the public.

Story Credit: news.com.au

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