Lancashire chairman David Hodgkiss dies after contracting coronavirus

Hodgkiss believed to be the first individual directly involved with British sport to succumb to the disease

File photo dated 04-08-2017 of England's James Anderson is presented with a framed photo by Lancashire CCC Chairman David Hodgkiss OBE PA Photo. Issue date: Monday March 30, 2020. Lancashire chairman David Hodgkiss has died after contracting coronavirus. See PA story CRICKET Lancashire. Photo credit should read Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Lancashire chairman David Hodgkiss has died after contracting coronavirus.

Hodgkiss, 71, is believed to be the first individual directly involved with 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 the Press Association reported 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.

"A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family's privacy."

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