THE young Irish man who died while on a friends' weekend in Las Vegas has been described as "a gem of a person".
Conor Brady, inset, originally from Co Sligo, had been working as a salesman for an Irish dairy company in Washington DC for the past two years.
The 24-year-old had travelled to Las Vegas with friends on Friday.
A GAA enthusiast from the small village of Skreen, he died on Saturday.
The cause of death is not yet known, but it is understood that no foul play was involved.
Mr Brady had played for St Patrick's GAA Club in Skreen and was a former Sligo under-21 and minor player.
A teammate said he was popular and liked by everyone who knew him.
"I played football with him all my life," he said. "He was such a nice, down-to-earth guy. No one could have a bad word to say about him.
"No matter who you talk to, they would tell you the same thing – he was absolutely a gem of a person.
"Everyone at home is in deep shock. This is going to be a dagger through everyone's heart in the area."
Mr Brady is survived by his mother Maureen, father Peter and younger brother and sister Donal and Shauna.
A family member was on route to the US last night.