GRAND National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell has died at the age of 34.
But who was Treadwell’s ex-wife Emily, when did the jockey win the Grand National and when did he die?
Who was Liam Treadwell’s ex-wife Emily?
Emily was 19 when the 23-year-old jockey won the Grand National.
Her family lived next to Mon Mome’s trainer Venetia Williams in Ross-on-Wye, Hereford.
When Liam started working there, they became friends – and after nearly four years together the jockey proposed to Emily in 2008.
However, their marriage came to an end after his 2016 fall during at race at Bangor – and Liam began to struggle with his mental health.
At the time of his retirement, he said: “I’ve found it difficult to cope with the pressures.
“I’ve not felt very comfortable in my own skin – I’ve lost a bit of purpose and drive and ambition.
“There’s no point battling on and being miserable.”
When did Liam Treadwell die?
It was announced that the 34-year-old jockey was found dead on the morning of 24 June 2020.
His trainer, Alastair Ralph, confirmed that he had been suffering from depression for a couple of years in the run up to his death.
Ralph told SE: “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.”
West Mercia Police confirmed: “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.”
When did the jockey win the Grand National?
Liam Treadwell shot to fame after winning at Aintree on 100-1 odds in 2009 for Venetia Williams.
Mon Mone’s win was the joint-biggest-priced winner of the most famous steeplechase in the world – and ensured Treadwell would go down in racing folklore forever.
But after a nasty fall at Bangor in 2016, where he was unconscious for four minutes, he hung up the saddle in 2018.
However, he returned to the tracks and had been riding mainly for his trainer Alastair Ralph in recent months.
His last race was at Hereford on March 16.
He rode over 300 winners in his career and was also known for his teeth – which Claire Balding infamously commented on after Mon Mome’s win and later apologised for.
Treadwell was then rewarded with a new free set of teeth following his win.