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Dublin social scene rocked by Niall's death

The Dublin social scene has been rocked by the death of celebrity optician Niall McCrudden.

The tragic socialite, who counted some of Ireland's best known names as close friends, was discovered at his Dublin home after being treated for depression for the past two weeks. It is believed that he discharged himself from hospital just a few days before his body was discovered.

As his depression became more severe, McCrudden began staying at the home of his pal, celebrity agent Tara O'Connor.

She had reportedly become so concerned for his mental health that she insisted the optician stay in with her for a few days so she could keep an eye on him.

The next morning, he told O'Connor that he needed some fresh clothes and would have to return to his own apartment, however, just two hours later, the father of one was found dead.

A source close to the PR guru said she is distraught since learning about her close friend's death.

"She could tell he was taking a severe bout and she did the right thing and got him to stay with her.

"She is absolutely devastated by this -- it's a huge shock."

The tributes have begun pouring in for McCrudden, who counted celebrities including Colin Farrell, Boyzone and model Pippa O'Connor among his partying pals.

Singer Keith Duffy said: "Niall's death leaves a massive gap in my life. The reason I know most of the people I know in Dublin is through Niall McCrudden.

"He was one of life's true gentlemen and had a heart the size of Ireland. Niall was such a selfless guy. This is a very sad day."

McCrudden is survived by his parents, son Matt, twin brother Kevin and sister Eimear.