Family devastated by loss of popular son 'who loved music'
THE parents of a young man who died after attending the Swedish House Mafia concert are "crushed" by their loss.
Shane Brophy (21), from Swan, Co Laois, collapsed five hours after the concert at a friend's house in Lucan, Co Dublin.
He was rushed to Blanchardstown Hospital but despite their best efforts, doctors couldn't save him.
His body was returned to the family home yesterday following a post-mortem examination. There was laughter in the household as Shane's family remembered him fondly, but this quickly turned to tears.
His mother Carmel wanted to pay tribute to her son but was visibly upset. Instead, Ronan, one of Shane's seven siblings, said he was popular and full of life, adding that their mother was devastated.
"She is absolutely devastated. She's crushed. He was just the baby of the family and now he's gone," he said, adding that the family expected that drugs played a role in the death, but the results of the post-mortem are not yet known.
Ronan described how his little brother loved hunting and especially enjoyed fishing. But Shane's biggest interest was music, he said.
"He really loved music. Even when he'd be sleeping, he would always have the radio on. When he'd come over to stay in my house, the first thing that he would do is turn on MTV," he said. Ronan admitted it sounded like a cliche to refer to someone as "the life and soul of the party" but said this really was the case with Shane.
"He absolutely lived for the weekend and "He always made everybody smile," he added.
Shane had three sisters Linda, Sarah, Rebecca and four brothers Liam, Adrian, George and Ronan.
The young man had intended to travel to Spain with his family last week to celebrate his mother's birthday and had returned home early from a trip to New York in order to do so.
However, he lost his passport and decided to go to Saturday night's concert at the last minute.
"He was saying he wanted to go to Snoop Dogg, that's who he wanted to see," Ronan told the Irish Independent.
His parents rushed home from the holiday when they heard the news. Shane will be waked in private at the family home this evening. The funeral Mass will take place tomorrow morning at the church in Doonane, Co Laois.