CCTV footage was obtained from cameras near the luxury four-star hotel where father-of-two Bibey, 40, was found dead early last Saturday morning.  An unidentified man wears a blue T-shirt, standing from the back next to Mr Bibey in white shorts and trainers

Rugby league player Ricky Bibey and girlfriend walk ahead of his death in sex game gone wrong

These are the latest images of rugby league player Ricky Bibey and his girlfriend hours before he died ‘in a sex game gone wrong’ – walking to their hotel at 4am with a mystery couple.

MailOnline has found CCTV footage from cameras near the luxury four-star hotel where father-of-two Bibey, 40, was found dead early last Saturday morning.

Her 44-year-old partner – who we don’t identify – raised the alarm after running out of their first-floor bedroom half-naked, covered in blood and screaming for help.

The exclusive video was taken just after 4.10am and shows the woman – an upmarket estate agent from Manchester – walking down a side street near the Hotel Continentale in Florence, Italy, where they were staying.

Dressed in a long sleeveless dress and sandals, the woman appears first in the footage, followed a second later by Mr Bibey and a mysterious couple who have not been identified.

CCTV footage was obtained from cameras near the luxury four-star hotel where father-of-two Bibey, 40, was found dead early last Saturday morning. An unidentified man wears a blue T-shirt, standing from the back next to Mr Bibey in white shorts and trainers

Footage shows the woman - a high-end Manchester estate agent - walking down a side street near the Hotel Continentale in Florence, Italy, where they were staying.  Mr. Bibey wears a light top and shorts, center, while the unidentified woman with him wears a red dress

Footage shows the woman – a high-end Manchester estate agent – walking down a side street near the Hotel Continentale in Florence, Italy, where they were staying. Mr. Bibey wears a light top and shorts, center, while the unidentified woman with him wears a red dress

Ricky Bibey of the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats was found dead at his hotel in Florence.  Her 44-year-old partner raised the alarm after running out of their first-floor bedroom half-naked, covered in blood, screaming for help

Ricky Bibey of the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats was found dead at his hotel in Florence. Her 44-year-old partner raised the alarm after running out of their first-floor bedroom half-naked, covered in blood, screaming for help

Appearing slightly unsteady on her feet, the woman reaches into her purse before walking out of the field as Mr Bibey and the other couple follow behind.

Mr. Bibey is wearing a light top and shorts, while the unidentified woman with him is wearing a red dress and appears to be pointing at something in front of them as they talk.

The unidentified man is wearing a blue T-shirt, white shorts and sneakers and he and the woman appear to be much younger than Mr. Bibey and the woman.

Less than three hours after the shooting, paramedics are on the scene after being called by the woman, but the former sports star was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy has confirmed the rugby league player died of a heart attack, with police convinced it was caused by a deadly combination of drugs and alcohol.

An autopsy has confirmed the rugby league player died of a heart attack, with police convinced it was caused by a deadly combination of drugs and alcohol.

An autopsy carried out later confirmed he had died of a heart attack, with police believing it was caused by a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol.

The couple had only checked into the four-star Hotel Continentale the day before, having landed at Pisa airport, and then left for the night.

MailOnline knows the identity of the woman – a high-end Manchester estate agent who appeared on TV – and she is still recovering in hospital after sustaining serious injuries that required multiple operations.

Investigators believe she may have been forced to participate in some form of erotic play and then attempted to fight Mr Bibey, as the autopsy revealed injuries to her wrists and neck.

They have not yet formally interviewed the woman at length as she is still recovering from a series of operations.

A legal source told MailOnline: ‘The autopsy has confirmed the man died of cardiac arrest, but we are still awaiting full toxicology results to see what was in his system.

“We believe he had been using drugs and alcohol in large quantities and that resulted in his death, there were no signs of a violent death. There are scratches on his hands, wrists and forearms and these look defensive.

“The theory we’re working on is that they were caused by the woman after being forced into some form of erotic play that she didn’t want to do.

“We only spoke to her briefly and informally and she said she didn’t like rough sex or erotic games.”

Police and prosecutor Ester Nocera hope to formally interview the woman on Thursday or Friday with the help of a translator and her family members have also arrived in Italy.

The four-star Continental Hotel in Florence, Italy, where a sex game tragically went wrong for the couple, is pictured

The four-star Continental Hotel in Florence, Italy, where a sex game tragically went wrong for the couple, is pictured

Room 102 of the hotel where th

Room 102 of the hotel room is shown. The couple had only checked into the hotel the day before, having landed at nearby Pisa airport and then left for the night.

Forensic teams are examining the couple’s mobile phones and items seized from the first floor hotel room and reviewing CCTV footage.

Tests carried out at Careggi Hospital where the woman is being treated and before she was operated on, showed that the woman also had drugs in her body.

A file for “manslaughter of an unknown person” was opened by the prosecutor but no third party is wanted and the officials explained that it was a formality because the death was still unexplained until the return of the toxicological results. .

A judicial source added: ‘There are several parts to the investigation, obviously we want to know what happened in the hotel room but as we believe drugs were also involved. Where did they get them from?

“Did they bring them from England or did they buy them locally? That’s why we go back over the events of that night and talk to witnesses at the hotel and elsewhere in the city.

“Hotel staff said he returned around 4am on Saturday and was in good spirits, then just under three hours later emergency services were called and the man was found dead.”

Emergency service vehicles gathered outside the hotel in Florence after the tragic death

Emergency service vehicles gathered outside the hotel in Florence after the tragic death

Ricky, who was born in Leigh near Wigan, Greater Manchester, made his professional rugby league debut in 2001 for Wigan Warriors, also making appearances for Leigh Centurions, St Helens and Wakefield Trinity.

He won the Challenge Cup twice and also played three times for England in international competitions, before being forced to do so in early May 2012 due to an Achilles tendon injury.

Prop Ricky, who lived in an £800,000 house in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, had run a window cleaning business and a property business since retiring.

Hotel Continentale is just 30 meters from the famous Ponte Vecchio, close to the heart of the historic town which is popular with British holidaymakers, with former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prince Charles being past visitors.

Travel guides describe the lavish riverside hotel as ‘playful and chic’, complete with its own rooftop bar and spa aimed at ‘honeymooners and those looking for a romantic weekend away’ .

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