Charles Kennedy died of a 'major haemorrhage' caused by his alcohol addiction

Charles kennedyGettyFormer Liberal Democrats Leader Charles Kennedy MP, on the campaign trail on Byres Road as the Referendum debate continues on September 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat Party leader, died at his home in Scotland on June 2, after sufferingfrom a “major haemorrhage” caused by his alcohol addiction.

He was 55.

His family confirmed the results of a post-mortem in a statement: “We are grateful to the many friends and also medical experts who sought to help down the years but ultimately this was an illness Charles could not conquer despite all the efforts he and others made.”

“We can now proceed to make arrangements for his funeral and we will make an announcement on the details in due course.”

Kennedy was an MP since 1983. He took over from Paddy Ashdown to lead the Lib Dems from 1999 to 2006. However, in January 2006, he publicly revealed that he was receiving treatment for an alcohol problem and resigned as leader.

In 2010, he was re-elected to parliament. He was active in this year’s General Election but lost his seat in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency in May.

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