Charles Kennedy 1959-2015: A gifted, compassionate politician whose career was cut short by the 'demon drink' - latest news

Family describe him 'as a fine man, a talented politician, and a loving father'

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The cause of death is yet to be confirmed but it is not believed to be suspicious.


The Scottish MP lost his seat in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency in last month's election.

A statement released on behalf of his family said they were "devastated" at the loss, calling Mr Kennedy "a fine man, a talented politician, and a loving father to his young son".

Police were called to his home in Fort William on Monday by paramedics to reports of the politician's "sudden death".

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "There are no suspicious circumstances and our report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

An MP since 1983, Mr Kennedy represented Ross, Cromarty and Skye until he lost his seat to the Scottish National Party last month.

Taking over from Paddy Ashdown in 1999, he led the Liberal Democrats until his resignation in 2006.

Additional reporting by Press Association