Wednesday 16 October 2019

Panti pays tribute to Irish man (23) found dead in San Francisco

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

DRAG Queen Panti has paid tribute to a 23-year-old Irish man who died in San Francisco overnight.

The man has been named as Dean MacCearain, from Co Monaghan.

He is understood to have been on holiday in the Californian city, after travelling there from Dublin last week.

The cause of his death is not yet known, however it understands there is no indication of foul play.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing consular assistance to his family.

Tributes have poured in for the popular young man across social media.

In a post on her Facebook page, Panti said:

"The young man in this picture is Dean MacCearain. I didn't know Dean very well, but he features prominently in a lovely scene in 'The Queen Of Ireland', while celebrating the result of the Marriage Equality referendum.

"One of the film's producers had to track him down afterwards and ask his permission to use the clip in the film, and he was excited and proud to be in it.

"Today we learned the shocking news that Dean passed away this week while in San Francisco with his family. We didn't know Dean very well, but we didn't need to know him very well to know he was a smart, quick-witted, funny, charming young man.

"The thoughts and deepest condolences of everyone involved in the film are with his family, his many friends, and his former classmates at Manooth University where he was a former president of the Pride Society and a much loved drag star. Which came as no surprise to us. We could tell immediately he was a star."

Maynooth Students Union also paid tribute to the former President of the college's Pride Society.

"MSU cannot find the words to express our regret at the loss of one of our stellar former students, Dean MacCearaín.

"Dean was an individual of incredible talent, creativity, quick-wit and probably most of all....sass. He was a legend.

"Former President of our Pride Society, a beloved resident Drag Queen, a friend to so many, and not least of all a total character to everyone he met in his whirl-wind adventures and stories along the way, Dean was also a key student campaigner in the recent Marriage Equality referendum, and on so many student and community issues before that. He wanted to make the world around him a better place.

"Dean passed away while visiting the states with his family, and further details will be known soon, which once we have them, we will share. On behalf of all our students, we want to convey our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to his family home and abroad, his many friends, and his former classmates here in Maynooth."

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