Some very sad news has emerged from the horse racing world today with the news that national hunt jockey Liam Treadwell was found dead this morning, aged 34.
Treadwell was at the centre of one of the great sporting moments when aboard 100/1 shot Mon Mome when he won the Aintree Grand National in 2009.
His finest moment in the saddle - Liam Treadwell winning the 2009 Grand National aboard 100-1 chance Mon Mome @AintreeRaces ❤️
Our condolences to all of Liam's family and friends. #RIPhttps://t.co/8wdQG9xuwt pic.twitter.com/Sdgeguwaje
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 23, 2020
Having orginally retired in 2018 due to a bad fall two years before that left him unconscious for four minutes, he returned to racing recently, riding for trainer Alastair Ralph, having ten winners so far this year and riding at the Cheltenham festival in March.
Ralph confirmed to The Sun that he'd been found dead this morning.
“We found him this morning, it’s all still very raw. It’s just terrible, he had suffered depression and it was on going for a couple of years.”
Since the news has broke, racing people everywhere have been paying tribute to a very popular jockey.
"He was a really nice guy and a lovely rider" - @mickfitzg
We are extremely sad to learn that Liam Treadwell has passed away aged 34. Our condolences to all his family and friends... pic.twitter.com/tokwJkCE1O
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 23, 2020
Absolutely tragic news regarding Liam Treadwell. A lovely lad and brilliant jockey. All of our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
— Jonjo O'Neill (@JonjoONeill) June 23, 2020
I am desperately sad to hear of the death of Liam Treadwell. My heart goes out to his family and all his friends. He was the loveliest guy with a great sense of humour and I know how much @IJF_official has supported him in recent years. It is a tragedy to have lost him so young.
— Clare Balding (@clarebalding) June 23, 2020
So so sad to hear that Liam Treadwell has passed away. He was such a lovely person to be around in the weighing room at @FolkestoneRaces. My heart goes out to all his family and friends including the wider racing family that he was part of for so long! 💔#RIP Liam 🏇🏻#HorseRacing
— Emma Santer 🏏 (@EmmaSanter) June 23, 2020
We're shocked and saddened to hear the news that Grand National winning jockey Liam Treadwell has died. Our thoughts are with all his family and friends at this time ❤️ pic.twitter.com/bvQyJkVdM7
— Great British Racing (@GBRacing) June 23, 2020
Harrowing news about Liam Treadwell’s passing. From winning a Grand National, the pinnacle of his discipline, to this is truly heartbreaking. My love and support goes out to Liam’s family and friends, he’ll be remembered as a brilliant rider and human being.
— Joshua Stacey🏇🏻 (@TheRacingJosh) June 23, 2020
Liam Treadwell. There are no words x
— Francis Keogh (@HonestFrank) June 23, 2020
We’re deeply saddened to hear about the passing of 2009 Grand National winning jockey, Liam Treadwell.
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/pRsPAV1NGL
— Aintree Racecourse (@AintreeRaces) June 23, 2020