Don Randall: Australian Liberal MP found dead in car aged 62

Politicians have paid tribute to a 'thoroughly decent bloke'

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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.

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.