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Thursday 14 December 2017

Close friends say there was 'no mystery' in Ryan's death

NIAMH HORAN

Close friends of Gerry Ryan believe his death was the result of a massive heart attack and that there is "no great mystery" involved, although he had a substantial amount to drink on the day.

But a source close to the Ryans said they would wait for the results of a post-mortem and the outcome of toxicology tests to learn what killed the 53-year-old presenter.

"The family has been led to believe that Gerry passed away following a massive heart attack," said a source close to the family. "If the tests show that the cause of death was as a result of something else, then they shall cross that bridge when they come to it."

The radio and TV presenter was discovered dead at his apartment in Upper Leeson Street in Dublin on Friday, April 30.

Preliminary toxicology indications are that Ryan reportedly had traces of alcohol in his system. However, the results of the toxicology tests are expected to take several weeks.

Witnesses to be called for the inquest are likely to include his partner Melanie Verwoerd and building workers renovating a nearby house.

Meanwhile, members of Mr Ryan's family are expected to pick up an honourary lifetime achievement award on his behalf at the TV Now Awards in the Mansion House this Saturday.

Sunday Independent

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