FRIENDS and family members of Gerry McCann paid tribute to an "immensely polite, caring individual" after the missing actor's body washed up on a beach.
Close friend Michael James Ford, who knew Gerry (47), pictured, from his acting work, recalled a "great entertainer" and a "deeply moral person".
"He was one of these people who you very rarely left his company without feeling the better for it," he told the Irish Independent.
"He was a deeply moral person with a great sense of justice and of right and wrong and this combined with a wonderful sense of humour that could get very dark and very cynical. But you knew there was such integrity there."
Family members confirmed a body found washed up on Dollymount Strand in Dublin on Tuesday was that of Mr McCann. His sister Helene O'Cleary thanked the public for their support.
She said: "We want to thank everyone. People are so good. We hear about all the bad but people are just amazing," she told Joe Duffy on 'Liveline'.
Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious.