Chilling last photo of Queensland rugby league player before death at Barcelona nightclub

League player Liam Hampson’s final movements before his death in a Spanish nightclub have been revealed in chilling CCTV footage.

Albert Guijarro, manager of the Sala Apolo nightclub where Hampson disappeared, told local media that security footage, which has now been handed over to police, recorded the 24-year-old’s entire route before the tragic accident.

The Queensland rugby league player had not been seen for 30 hours after disappearing while partying with a group of NRL players in Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Friends reportedly lost contact with the Redcliffe Dolphins player around 5.30am, prompting the public to seek help from Gold Coast Titans player AJ Brimson as well as Brisbane Broncos duo Jordan Riki and Jesse Arthars.

Hampson was found dead more than 30 hours after his disappearance.

Horrified club staff found Hampson’s lifeless body at the bottom of a hole in an outdoor area and believe he fell 10 yards to his death.

Speaking to a radio show RAC1 version On Thursday, club manager Mr Guijarro said CCTV cameras captured Hampson leaving the main hall at the Apolo through one of the escape doors, even as one of his three friends tried to escape. stop it.

The nightclub where Liam Hampson was found.Source: Getty Images

According to Mr Guijarro, Hampson went through another door and went out onto a terrace to urinate, but was then unable to re-enter because the doors were closed.

He sees that there is a 50 meter wall and jumps over it, then falls into a 14 meter hole through which the conduits pass.

Mr Guijarro said he was ‘lit all the way’ but Hampson ‘jumps to a place that’s not even in the middle of his run, it’s not clear why he’s doing that’.

He said club staff could hear a cell phone ringing as Hampson’s friends tried to locate him, but were unsure where it came from.

Liam Hampson in the background of a photo taken at a Barcelona nightclub where his body would be found hours later. Jordan Riki, is in the foreground with a woman.Source: News Corp Australia
Liam Hampson has been found dead in a Barcelona nightclub. Photo: InstagramSource: Instagram

The Daily Telegraph reports that investigators confirmed Hampson was looking for a toilet at around 4.30am only to find himself locked out of the nightclub. He attempted to scale an adjacent wall when he fell to his death

Mossos d’Esquadra regional police say the reason it took so long to find his body is because he was in an excluded area of ​​the club.

“It was in an interior patio which was not part of the nightclub’s public area,” the policeman told Daily Mail Australia.

“I don’t know how he would have entered that part of the building, but he got there and from there fell about 10 meters into an interior patio. The fact that it was not a public space helps explain why the workers who raised the alert did not do so until noon Wednesday local time.

It comes after a chilling last photo of Hampson was taken hours before he died.

The image, taken by a photographer at Sala Apolo nightclub, shows Hampson smiling in the background.

Riki is in the foreground of the image kissing a woman on the cheek.

Hampson had been on an off-season vacation across Europe with a group of friends, including NRL stars Brimson, Riki and Arthars.

Riki has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $50,000 to help bring Hampson’s body back to Australia.

“On behalf of Liam’s family and friends, we would like to support his beautiful family by helping to bring Liam home,” Riki wrote.

“Also supporting his family during this difficult time. As we all know Liam was a beautiful soul who brought people together with his love, wisdom and jokes.

“Liam was an exceptional talent on and off the football pitch, whether it was helping his teammates win a nail-biting game or educating children and many others about life and his wisdom. We love Liam and any donation would go a long way.

Within four hours, the campaign had raised approximately $60,000 as members of the rugby league community including Kalyn Ponga, Taane Milne, Justin Holbrook, Alex Glenn, Reece Walsh, Anthony Don, Paul Sironen and Charlotte Caslick, rallied.

General view of Sala Apolo during the Balthazar band concert on October 28, 2021 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. (Photo by Xavi Torrent/Redferns)Source: Getty Images

Managers of Sala Apolo nightclub told News Corp Australia they were “beyond appalled” by Hampson’s death.

“These are sad and very painful times. First of all for all those affected by the unpredictable accident which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday 18 October in the outdoor area of ​​the Apolo stadium,” the club said in a statement.

“It’s also sad for those of us who are part of the organization.

“Management and the entire Apolo team are beyond appalled by what happened and we express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Liam Hampson.

“We have made ourselves available to the Mossos d’Esquadra police and will continue to do so for any questions regarding the fatal accident.”

On Thursday morning (AEDT), Hampson’s sister, Tiarna, shared a heartbreaking Instagram post confirming that she had received the “sadest news possible.”

“We are devastated to learn that Liam had an accident and did not survive,” Tiarna wrote.

“We are so heartbroken. Liam was the best brother I could ever ask for and made me a better person.

“We cannot express our grief.

“We can’t thank the boys he was traveling with enough for helping him in his search and making his last days the best of his life. I will miss you so much, Liam.

Hampson’s father, Brett, said the whole family was “devastated” and “heartbroken” by the news.

“Waking up to the news that no one wants to hear, we are devastated to learn that Liam had an accident and sadly did not survive,” Brett wrote.

Liam Hampson has been found dead in a Barcelona nightclub. Picture: InstagramSource: Instagram
He posted this photo last week alongside NRL stars AJ Brimson and Jordan Riki with the caption ‘my life is fantastic’. Picture: InstagramSource: Instagram

“We are heartbroken, to say the least. Liam had a heart of gold and was a much loved son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend. Words cannot express our grief.

“We can’t thank his pals enough for being there with Liam to have the time of his life and help with the search for our boy. Our thoughts are with them.

“We ask the media to respect our privacy as we go through this time.”

Barcelona police have also confirmed to 7NEWS that a body believed to be Hampson has been found.

“This morning staff at the nightclub where Liam was last seen found a body on the floor in an area of ​​the nightclub, Sala Apolo,” they said.

Police confirmed the death was being treated as an accident.

Riki paid tribute to Hampson, sharing three heartbreaking Instagram stories.

“I love you my brother, your beautiful soul, I’m so sorry,” he wrote.

“I can’t put words to how I feel, I love you bro, I’m so sorry.”

Riki also thanked those who responded to requests for information to help the missing persons effort.

“Please know that I want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped find our boyish words cannot express how grateful I am for you guys,” he said.

“To everyone who has reached out and posted on your social media and asked your family/friends to help out, thank you so much… RIP bro.”

Hampson was reportedly found at the Sala Apolo nightclub in Barcelona. Photo: Google MapsSource: Supplied

Riki also shared a link to a GoFundMe page and said any donations would help Hampson’s family bring his body back to Australia.

“On behalf of Liam’s family and friends, we would like to support his beautiful family by helping to bring Liam home. Also supporting his family during this difficult time,” Riki said.

“As we all know, Liam was a beautiful soul who brought people together with his love, wisdom and jokes.

“Liam was an exceptional talent on and off the football pitch, whether it was helping his teammates win a nail-biting game or educating children and many others about life and his wisdom. We love Liam and any donation would go a long way.

Spanish news publication El Caso reports that police believe Hampson may have died from an accidental fall.

The Australian consulate and Hampson’s family have been contacted by Spanish authorities.

The Sala Apolo is described as one of the oldest dance halls in Europe and hosts events every night of the week.

Hampson had been on an off-season vacation across Europe with a group of friends, including NRL stars Brimson, Riki and Arthurs.

Images from their Instagram accounts show the group vacationing in Munich, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Positano and Paris before heading to Barcelona.

Liam Hampson (R) attends a PSG soccer match in Paris alongside AJ Brimson (M). Photo: InstagramSource: Instagram
The group of friends also attended Oktoberfest in Munich at the start of their trip. Photo: InstagramSource: Instagram

The group were presumably coming to the end of their European trip, given that pre-season training for NRL clubs who have missed out on the top eight this year are set to begin in just weeks.

Hampson attended Keebra Park State High School on the Gold Coast with Brimson before the pair played their junior rugby league together at the Tweed Seagulls.

While Brimson moved on to the Titans, Hampson joined the Redcliffe Dolphins in Queensland’s domestic rugby league competition where he played as a hooker.

He had played 37 games for Redcliffe, scoring nine tries.

However, Hampson was not a member of the club’s top tier roster for his inaugural NRL season in 2023.

News Corp reports that a handful of Australian players in England for the Rugby World Cup knew Hampson, including Brisbane striker Patrick Carrigan.

Team officials confirmed to News Corp that Hampson was known to players involved in the World Cup campaign.

Liam Hampson played for the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland domestic rugby league competition. Photo: InstagramSource: Instagram
Liam Hampson previously played for the Tweed Seagulls alongside AJ Brimson. Photo: InstagramSource: Instagram

Jack C. Nugent