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No date yet for Gerry inquest -- coroner

GERRY RYAN'S family and friends remain in the dark over the official cause of his death -- with no date yet set for the inquest.

The Herald can confirm that, despite reports to the contrary, those close to the late RTE broadcaster have not been given any indication as to when the official inquiry will take place.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Coroner's Court could not say when the inquest would be heard, but insisted that it had not been confirmed for next month, as indicated last weekend.

The tragic 2fm star's estranged wife Morah Ryan is said to have been stunned by the inaccurate claims and is keen to protect her children -- Lottie, Rex, Bonnie, Elliot and Babette -- from the fallout.

"With regards to the inquest date allegedly being set for next month, it certainly came as news to everyone," said a close family source. "It's not true. They haven't been given any date at all yet and don't know when it will happen.

"When a decision is made Morah will be the first to be informed, it's a holding pattern.

"She and Gerry weren't even officially separated so in the eyes of the law they were still man and wife at the time when he died.

"Morah's number one priority now is the children and protecting them from any further hurt or pain."

Morah, who was married to Gerry for 26 years, was next of kin and is believed to have officially identified his body last April.

His partner of almost two years, Unicef director Melanie Verwoerd, found Gerry's body on the bedroom floor of his Leeson Street apartment, following a suspected heart attack.