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Woman in shock at husband's death – and his second wife

THE wife of an Irish banker discovered he had a second wife when she was notified of his death by his employer.

Linda Coughlan (47), from Limerick, was told of her husband's death from natural causes and of his second wife when she rang his office in Austria.

Liam Coughlan (51) was working for the World Bank in Vienna. His death is now the subject of an investigation by Austrian police.

Ms Coughlan told the Austrian media: "I was put through to someone who refused to believe I was his wife, and told me to my shock that his wife had already been informed.

"I tried to insist, but he basically seemed to regard me as a crank and told me not to call again.

"I was told the police had been to the apartment after he didn't turn up for work. They found him there. He was dead."

Ms Coughlan, who had two children with the banker, said they were estranged but had not divorced, at his request.

"In his office no one believed me, they all said they knew his wife and it wasn't me. He apparently never mentioned me," said Ms Coughlan.

Mr Coughlan is believed to have married a second woman several years ago, and the couple reportedly had a daughter together.

RELATIONSHIP

MS COUGHLAN WAS UNAWARE OF THE RELATIONSHIP AND HIS NEW LIFE. SHE RECEIVED PAYMENTS FROM HER HUSBAND, WHICH SHE USED TO COVER HER ACCOMMODATION AND BILLS.

Police in Vienna confirmed Mr Coughlan's death and informed his second wife, who apparently also lived in Ireland.

Mr Coughlan worked in reforming financial reporting.

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