THE young Irishman who died while on a trip to Las Vegas has been described as "a gem of a person".
Conor Brady, originally from Co Sligo, was living and working as a salesman for an Irish dairy company in Washington DC for the past two years.
The 24-year-old had travelled to Las Vegas with friends on Friday for the weekend.
The GAA enthusiast, from the village of Skreen in Co Sligo, died on Saturday. It is not yet known how he died, but it is understood no foul play was involved. The Court County Office of the Medical Examiner in Las Vegas said there would be no further details on the cause of death until they completed toxicology reports.
Conor had played for St Patrick's GAA club in Skreen and was a former Sligo under-21 and Minor player. A team-mate of Mr Brady's said he was very popular and liked by everyone who knew him. "No matter who you talk to, they would tell you the same thing: he was absolutely a gem of a person.
"This is going to be a dagger through everyone's heart in the area," he said.
Conor is survived by his mother Maureen, father Peter and younger brother and sister Donal and Shauna. A family member was en route to the US last night. The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it was providing consular assistance to the family. His body is expected to be flown home early this week for burial.