"Major haemorrage" from alcohol addiction cause of Charles Kennedy death

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Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy died after suffering a "major haemorrhage" brought on by alcohol addiction. A statement from his family revealed details of a post mortem that concluded the haemorrhage was a direct result of his battle with alcoholism.

The family statement read "The report makes clear this was a consequence of his battle with alcoholism. 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".

Kennedy was found dead at his home in Fort William at the age of 55 on Monday and he is survived by his ex-wife Sarah and 10 year old son Donald. He spoke of his addiction in 2006 saying "I chose not to acknowledge it publicly before in this way because, if at all possible, I wanted to overcome it privately. I learned the hard way of the need to face up to this medical problem, one that is dealt with successfully by many others on a daily basis."

The family also expressed how touched they have been by the sentiment shown to them by many people adding "The pain we feel has been at least eased somewhat by the reaction of so many people across Scotland, the UK and beyond, and by the affection expressed by politicians across the spectrum. It has become all too apparent to us how much Charles meant to so many people and how many lives he touched."

Kennedy lost his seat in parliament in the recent General Election, which he had held for 32 years, after he lost out to SNP candidate Ian Blackford. Blackford tweeted his condolences earlier in the week saying "So sorry to hear the dreadful news that Charles Kennedy had passed away. A man of such great ability, such s tragedy he has passed away. RIP".

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