Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat Party leader, has died at the age of 55 at his home in Scotland.
His family said that the cause of death of former MP has yet to be confirmed but it is believed to not be suspicious.
The family released the following statement to the press:
A statement released on behalf of his family said: “It is with great sadness, and an enormous sense of shock, that we announce the death of Charles Kennedy.
“Charles died at home in Fort William yesterday. He was 55. We are obviously devastated at the loss. Charles was a fine man, a talented politician and a loving father to his young son. We ask therefore that the privacy of his family is respected in the coming days. There will be a postmortem and we will issue a further statement when funeral arrangements are made.”
The Police Scotland confirmed in a separate statement that: “Police officers attended an address at Fort William on Monday, 1 June to reports of the sudden death of a 55-year-old man. Police were notified by ambulance service personnel. There are no suspicious circumstances and our report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
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 the 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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