A SISTER of the actor Gerry McCann has confirmed that the body found on a Dublin beach yesterday was him.
Mr McCann’s body was discovered at around 11.20am yesterday on Dollymount Strand.
Helene O’Cleary thanked the public for their assistance with the search for Mr McCann over the last week.
“We want to thank everyone. People are so good. We hear about all the bad but people are just amazing are so, so good.” She told Joe Duffy on Liveline.
“I feel him with me now, it’s a much strange thing, I feel like I’m holding him in my arms.
“He was just wonderful, I never met anybody like him.”
She said that the body was found on the beach yesterday, adding “he’s gone to heaven now”.
The actor, who has starred in Fair city and several other RTE dramas, was reported missing last week.
His friend, actor Pat Shortt, made an emotional appeal last week for him to make contact with his family - and was singled out for praise by Gerry’s sister.
“I want to thank Pat Shortt, he was particularly good”, Ms O’Cleary said.
The actor was being treated for anxiety and went missing from the St John of God Hospital in Stillorgan last Thursday.
His wife Andrea last week said that the actor was aware he was suffering from anxiety and actively sought help.
“In this last year he’s been very busy and he’s been good at looking after himself,” she said.
“He was aware of his anxiety and that’s the reason he wanted to go to the hospital to get help.”