A man was found dead on Saturday in the Hotel Continentale after a woman he was with cried out for help, according to unconfirmed media reports.
Italian news outlets have identified the victim as Ricky Bibey, a two-time Challenge Cup winner with Wigan Warriors and St Helens. Police have yet to confirm the dead man’s identity.
Super League tweeted it was “saddened to hear of the passing of Ricky Bibey”.
“We thank Ricky for his contributions to the game and send our condolences to Ricky’s family and friends during this time”.
Super League are saddened to hear of the passing of Ricky Bibey, aged 40.
We thank Ricky for his contributions to the game and send our condolences to Ricky's family and friends during this time. ❤ pic.twitter.com/hokOo8GPjh
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) July 17, 2022
A maid rushed in to find the 43-year old woman bleeding heavily from serious injuries, and she was rushed to hospital, La Nazione daily newspaper said.
Bibey, 40, appeared to have died of a heart attack, it said.
Other guests at the Continentale, just next to the Tuscan city’s famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, reportedly heard shouts coming from the room.
Police seized objects including items possibly used in an erotic game, La Nazione said.