THE brother of high-profile FF TD Michael McGrath died suddenly yesterday. Sean McGrath, a 41-year-old father of one, passed away at his home in Passage West in Cork, leaving the local community in shock.
The cause of death has yet to be determined, but a heart attack or a severe asthma attack is suspected.
Another brother, Seamus, is a member of Cork County Council in the area.
The family of seven children is well-known in Passage West, where their mother, Marie, also lives.
"They're a very close family, very good people and well-known and respected. Their father passed away years back," a family friend said.
Sean had a two-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who lived locally with her mother.
"He absolutely adored her," the family friend said.
His body was discovered by a friend in his house at about 4pm yesterday afternoon.