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‘Bad luck’ – Lindsey Burrow reflects and reveals heartbreaking messages left behind by husband Rob

Lindsey Burrow and children at Headingley.

Lindsey Burrow has revealed the messages that her husband, rugby league legend Rob Burrow, left behind before his passing.

On Friday, Leeds Rhinos, where Rob spent his entire career, used their home fixture against Leigh Leopards – which fell on MND Awareness Day – to and celebrate his extraordinary life.

Lindsey watched a tribute video, along with the players, from the Headingley pitch with their children in a shirt designed by Cath Muir, who was diagnosed with MND since 2014.

Rob Burrow passed away earlier this month after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019.

Lindsey Burrow and child Jackson look at a packed Headingley crowd.

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Eventually, he was left unable to speak for himself, needing an eye-gaze machine: but this has allowed him to leave messages on the device that his family can listen to in the years ahead, despite him no longer being around.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Lindsey gave an idea of what they say.

She said: “I know he has left messages on there for the children, and at the minute, it’s too raw to go and look through the machine.

“There are birthday messages on there and messages for the children in the future.

“There will come a day where I will have to do that and Rob will be with me and he’ll give me the strength to do that.”

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Lindsey Burrow is interviewed before the game next to Rob Burrow and children Macy and Maya

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She spoke emotionally about her pride for her husband in the interview, saying: “He was an inspiration to so many.

“I’m proud to have been his wife for 17-and-a-half years and to have three beautiful children with Rob.

“I’ll do everything I can to make sure they’re brought up as Rob would want them to be. To be kind and caring and to appreciate the things in life. Rob was very much like that.

“Very down to earth, never had an ego – such a lovely kind man.”

She also said she wasn’t angry about the situation, saying: “I put it down to bad luck.

“When I spoke to Rob he said there was nothing he would change and that’s comforting. To know he had an incredible life and achieved so much.”

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