Saturday 1 October 2016

Football legend Paul Gascoigne left devastated at death of 22-year-old nephew

Published 02/05/2016 | 09:35

Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne has been left heartbroken by the sudden death of his 22-year-old nephew.

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The body of Jay Kerrigan was found at a tower block in Gateshead in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The young man - the son of Gascoigne's sister Anna - died following a long battle with drug addiction.

Jay was living with his actress mother, his stepdad Michael and his sister Hayley (20) in Gateshead at the time of his death.

He had been working as an administration assistant for environmental charity Groundwork North East.

The death of the young man comes weeks after a series of Facebook posts apparently speaking about his drug battle.

The cause of Jay's death is currently unknown but it is not believed that police are treating the incident as suspicious.

Football legend Gascoigne has posted a series of messages on his Twitter account since the news of his nephew's death was made public.

"I'm crying my f***ing eyes out I'm honest," he wrote this morning.

The former England footballer has had his own issues with addiction, battling a drink problem for more than 20 years.

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