Woman, 25, collapses and dies at stables owned by Michael Owen

A 25-year-old woman working at stables owned by ex-Liverpool footballer Michael Owen has collapsed and died, police said.

The woman fell ill at around 8.50am on Tuesday at the Manor House Stables in Malpas, Cheshire.

Emergency services attended but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Cheshire Police said in a statement.

The force said the death is not being treated as suspicious and her next of kin have been informed.

Posting to Twitter, Manor House Stables said the woman was a “much-valued” figure at the stables.

A spokesperson said: “It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that a much-valued member of our team died at work this morning.

“The family have been informed and both the family and the team at Manor House request privacy at this time.”

Michael Owen, 43, and his wife Louise set up the stables in 2006 after converting it from a cattle barn.

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It has been the base for trainer Hugo Palmer since last spring.

Michael’s daughter, Love Island star Gemma Owen, 19, said on the show that the Owen family keeps 12 horses at the stables.

She also revealed that her own is called Sirius Black.

Since retiring from football in 2013, Michael became a racehorse breeder and owner.

On the Manor House Stables website, Michael is quoted to have said: “My main passions in life have always been my family and football, but I suppose a close third, is horse racing.

“The joy of owning a racehorse is indescribable, from buying them as youngsters, watching them develop and seeing their first visit to a racecourse.

“I have owned horses for many years and whenever I have time off, you‘ll find me down at the stables!”

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