Liam Treadwell has died at the age of 34
Liam Treadwell has tragically passed away at the age of 34. The popular jockey famously rode 100-1 shot Mon Mome to victory in the 2009 Grand National.
Treadwell rode more than 300 winners during an illustrious career in the saddle.
He suffered a nasty fall during a ride a ride at Bangor in 2016 before quitting the sport two years later due to injury and personal reasons.
A return to the saddle followed 13 months later with his final ride coming in March.
Treadwell combined riding with assisting trainer Alastair Ralph, who described his death as “unbelievably sad” and a “big shock”.
A West Merica police spokesman said: “Earlier this morning police were called to an address in Billingsley near Bridgnorth following the death of a man in his 30s.
“The death is currently being treated as unexplained however at this stage there is believed to be no third party involvement.”
Claire Balding lead the tributes and said: “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.”
Aintree Racecourse paid tribute to Treadwell, who went down in history for riding Mon Mone to one of the greatest shocks in Grand National history.
“We’re deeply saddened to hear about the passing of 2009 Grand National winning jockey, Liam Treadwell,” a statement read.
“Our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Nick Rust, the Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said: “We are devastated to hear the tragic news about Liam Treadwell.
Liam Treadwell rode more than 300 winners during his career
“Liam had a fine career in British racing, riding over 300 winners in the 17 years that he held a jockeys’ licence, obviously none more more memorable than his remarkable 100-1 Grand National success on Mon Mome in 2009 – a ride that cemented his place in racing folklore.
“The racing community will be united in grief today, and the thoughts of everyone at the BHA are with Liam’s friends, family and colleagues.”
A message on the Twitter page of the Racing Welfare charity said: “We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Liam Treadwell and wish to send our most sincere condolences to his friends and family.
“If you have been affected and would like to talk to someone, our team are available 24/7 via Racing’s Support Line on 0800 6300 443.”