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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Colm Hayes lets rip at Gerry Ryan's 'fake friends'

Sasha Brady

Published 04/08/2016 | 11:03

Gerry Ryan (L) and Colm Hayes (R)
Gerry Ryan (L) and Colm Hayes (R)
Larking about: a 4.30am start is usual for 2FM presenter Colm Hayes.
Gerry Ryan

Departing 2fm DJ Colm Hayes has revealed he's still angry at how Gerry Ryan's so-called friends muddied the star's name to promote themselves following his death in 2010.

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Hayes has accused people of trying to cash in on the broadcaster's tragic death by muddying his name to boost their profiles and further their own agendas.

"These so-called friends who wanted to stamp all over Gerry's name to promote themselves. They decided there was a profit to be made" he told the Irish Sun.

Radio and TV host Gerry Ryan died suddenly at his apartment in Leeson Street in April 2010, aged just 53.

An inquest into Ryan's death heard that traces of cocaine in his system were likely to have caused the cardiac arrhythmia that killed him.

The DJ is still angry at how much of Ryan's legacy is overshadowed by the results of the inquest.

Without mentioning any particular names, Hayes said he's disappointed at how certain people attacked Ryan's name, ignoring his contribution to Irish broadcasting and his devotion to his family.

"Gerry got painted into a corner as if that (coke) was the only thing in his whole life. As if it was the only thing that killed him," he told the newspaper.

"There were people who set themselves up in the press as angelic forces. But if you're a true friend you talk to that person when they are alive. Only a fake friend talks about that person when they're dead because there's f**k all you can do when they're dead."

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