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Irony of Gerry's 80s rap on drugs

Niamh Horan Entertainment News Reporter

Published 12/12/2010 | 05:00

The grainy video, shot in the Eighties, captures the younger years of rising RTE star Gerry Ryan.

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In what can now only be viewed through the lens of tragic irony, the star can be seeing rapping enthusiastically on Dublin's O'Connell Street about the dangers of drugs such as cocaine.

The big-haired presenter warns others about drugs -- or "a death dream" as they're called in the one-off music video. Looking straight into the camera, he booms: "Dope? No hope. Coke? You're going to be a big joke."

The 2fm star continues rapping: "Pills? Get ill."

And he warns the young audience at whom it is directed: "Cause drugs ain't the answer."

The star, who was found to have traces of cocaine in his system at the time of death, continues: "You want to be so cool to impress all your friends? You want to act so tough being part of the gang?

"But take a good look, going to make you understand, that drugs ain't the answer."

The video signs off with the ominous warning: "You're only going nowhere if you can't say no."

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