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Family and friends unite in grief for celebrity stylist's tragic son

Published 18/07/2014 | 02:30

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David Marshall (wearing glasses) helps carry the coffin of his son Daniel at his funeral yesterday. Photo: Collins
David Marshall (wearing glasses) helps carry the coffin of his son Daniel at his funeral yesterday. Photo: Collins
17 July 2014;  David Marshall and family arriving at the funeral of his son Daniel Marshall.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
David Marshall and family arriving at the funeral of his son Daniel Marshall. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
17 July 2014;  David Marshall and family arriving at the funeral of his son Daniel Marshall.  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
David Marshall and family arriving at the funeral of his son Daniel Marshall. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Daniel Marshall, the son of well-known hair stylist David Marshall, had fought to conquer his addictions, a priest told mourners at his funeral.

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The 25-year-old son of the stylist and socialite Jackie Rafter died over the weekend from a suspected drugs overdose.

Hundreds of people packed the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace on Dublin's Merrion Road to mourn the death of a young man who had suffered serious "problems" during his short life.

But Daniel was a "funny guy, hilarious to be around," according to his friends.

He was also part of the St Michael's College rugby team that won the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time in years.

Music

Among the famous faces in the crowed were snooker player Ken Doherty, radio DJ Dave Fanning and former Black Tie owner Niall O'Farrell.

The congregation was told about Daniel's love of music – especially songs with lyrics that he could relate to, such as the Gerry and the Pacemakers hit 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

His body was carried out of the church in a wicker coffin to the sound of the song.

His sister told those gathered that she regretted that she didn't have more time with him."I told him he could do whatever he set his mind to," she said.

Daniel is mourned by his parents, his sister Kate, step-sister Laura, step-brother David, his girlfriend Kate, grandparents, uncles, aunts, his cherished and beloved cousins and friends.

Daniel had been fighting a lengthy battle with drug addiction and was last year charged with selling heroin. He had been previously warned by a judge that he wouldn't live to see 50 unless he "got his act together".

His mother Jackie is a former model and socialite who previously worked in the Wright Venue and set up children's charity the Bubblegum Club.

His father is one of the country's leading hair stylists.

Daniel had started using heroin around the age of 21. However, Daniel had been attending drug addiction councillors and was trying to get his life together.

His remains were found in a bathroom of the Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen's Green area at approximately 4am on Sunday. Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious.

Irish Independent

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