A WEDDING ended in tragedy when the bridegroom died within hours of the ceremony.

Daniel Emsley, from Yeadon, was found dead by his new wife Clare in their hotel bedroom on their wedding night.

Hours earlier the couple had exchanged marriage vows in front of family and friends in a ceremony at Woodhall Spa Hotel in Linton, Wetherby.

Daniel, 37, a father of a young son, is believed to have gone to bed earlier than his new wife who had stayed up to celebrate.

It is understood his death is not being treated as suspicious and a cause has not been confirmed.

Reports following Mr Emsley's death described how friends and relatives ran to his bride's aid as she screamed for help.The emergency services were called but it was already too late.

Tributes and condolences have been flooding in to Mr Emsley's devastated widow and family since the tragedy last month.

His aunt Gail Emsley said on Facebook -" Our nephew passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning a few hours after his wedding."

A Facebook message to Clare Emsley says simply "No words.."

Mr Emsley, a self-employed window cleaner, was a local league footballer with Leeds City FC, and the club paid an emotional tribute to him on twitter.

The message said: "The club are devastated to advise of the sudden and tragic passing of Danny Emsley. Danny had played for our West Yorkshire and Yorkshire amateur sides over the last three seasons and was a well respected and much-loved team mate and friend."

The club added: "Danny was somebody that always encouraged, always smiled and always wanted to win playing football the Leeds City way.

"An incredible bloke, father to Harry and a friend to many of the lads we are all struggling to come to terms with the sad news.

"As a club our deepest sympathies and condolences are extended to Danny's immediate family.

"Forever in our thoughts mate, you don't realise how much you will be missed."

Messages on social media described Mr Emsley as a "top lad and top player", " a lovely bloke",

One message says: "Absolutely gutted. Was a top lad with never a bad word said. Gone far too soon."

Another says: "RIP mate - one of the nicest, most genuine lads I’ve met through football. Always kind and always smiling. Natural footballer. I can’t get my head around this. Sleep well mate."

Mr Emsley's funeral will be held at Rawdon Crematorium on Friday September 14.