Wednesday 18 October 2017

Coroner to complete inquest into Ryan death

Georgina O'Halloran

AN inquest to establish the cause of death of RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan is expected to be completed today.

The 53-year-old father of five was found dead at his apartment at Upper Leeson Street, Dublin on April 30.

Dr Eamon Leen, the pathologist who carried out a post-mortem on the body, is now out of the country but is expected to give evidence via Skype to the inquest at the Dublin City Coroner's Court.

Mr Ryan's wife, Morah, from whom he was separated, identified his body and is among the other witnesses who will give evidence.

His partner Melanie Verwoerd, who made the tragic discovery, will also appear in the witness box.

The Dublin city coroner Dr Brian Farrell is holding the inquest to establish the cause of death of the well-known radio and TV presenter and the circumstances surrounding it.

All sudden, unexplained, violent and unnatural deaths must be reported to a coroner.

The coroner's inquiry is concerned with establishing whether the death was due to natural or unnatural causes.

If there are any doubts or concerns about the death, an inquest must be held.

The coroner will record a cause of death and deliver a verdict at the conclusion of the inquest at the city centre court at Store Street.

Members of the ambulance crew who attended the scene and gardai involved in the investigation into Mr Ryan's death will also give evidence at the hearing.

Initial garda inquiries at the scene indicated that there were no suspicious circumstances. There was no sign of a struggle or forced entry to the apartment, and Mr Ryan had no marks on his body.

The coroner will also hear evidence from the last person to speak to Mr Ryan on the phone.

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