Steelwork contractor boss David Hodgkiss dies of coronavirus
Lancashire Cricket Club chairman David Hodgkiss, who was also the boss of William Hare steelwork contractor which has a site in Eastfield, has died after contracting coronavirus.
Mr Hodgkiss, 71, is thought to be the first individual directly involved in professional British sport to die having tested positive for Covid-19.
Hodgkiss served the Red Rose with distinction for more than two decades, as board member, treasurer and vice-chairman before he succeeded Michael Cairns in 2017. The county have not given a cause of death but a spokesman confirmed to the PA news agency that it was “coronavirus-related”.
“It is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its chairman David Hodgkiss OBE,” read a statement. “He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world. Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family.