The Australian MP Don Randall has been found dead in his car at the age of 62, reportedly after suffering a heart attack.
Randall served as the Federal Liberal MP for the West Australia electorate of Canning.
His body was found by police in Boddington on Tuesday afternoon, according to ABC News. Friends told the network he had been suffering from heart problems before his death, although this has not been confirmed as the cause.
Randall first entered Parliament in 1996 after working as a councillor and then as a teacher for 20 years. He was one of two Coalition MPs who led a spill motion to oust the Prime Minister Tony Abbott in February.
Mr Abbott expressed his “shock and sadness” at learning of his death in a statement extending his condolences to his wife Julie and their two children.
"He was a mentor to many and integral to the success of our party in the state of Western Australia," he said.
“It’s hard to credit that this strong voice for Western Australia and servant of our Party has left us so soon."
His colleagues paid tribute to Randall as a “very good man” and a “thoroughly decent bloke” almost immediately after the news broke.
Absolutely shocked and devastated to hear about Don Randall. A very good man. My heartfelt condolences to family,friends and colleagues.; Joe Hockey (@JoeHockey) July 21, 2015
Shocked by Don Randall's death today, great MP, good friend & wise counsel. Our love & prayers are with his wife Julie & their children.; Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) July 21, 2015
Shocked to hear of Don Randall's passing. He gave a lot to the public service during his years in office. My thoughts are with his family.; Clive Palmer (@CliveFPalmer) July 21, 2015
Don Randall knew how to live well and was a fighter in campaigns and for causes. Devastated for Julie, Tess and Elliott. Goodbye my friend.; Andrew Southcott (@asouthcottmp) July 21, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the family & many friends of Don Randall. Don was a thoroughly good and decent bloke.; Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) July 21, 2015
Randall's career was not without its controversies and he was criticised for spending more than $5,000 on a trip for "electoral business" with his wife as part of a travel expenses scandal.
MP Steve Irons remembered Randall as a "loveable rogue" and "a good man with a good heart", telling the Syndey Morning Herald: "It's a tragedy when something like this happens, especially when people are so young."
A spokesperson for Western Australia Police said they were not treating the circumstances as suspicous.Reuse content