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The politician, who was 55 when he died at his home earlier this month, suffered a major haemorrhage caused by his alcohol dependence

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy died from the effects of alcoholism, his family has confirmed.

The politician, who was 55 when he died at his home earlier this month, suffered a major haemorrhage caused by his alcohol dependence. His death came less than a month after he lost his seat in the House of Commons, which he had held for 32 years, as the SNP swept to victory north of the border.

He was found dead at his Fort William cottage on June 1st by his new partner, Carole MacDonald, who was the widow of his best friend, Murdo MacDonald. Before his death from cancer in 2007 at the age of 49, Mr MacDonald had helped Mr Kennedy to cope with his drinking problem and was the godfather to his ten year old son, Donald.

Tributes poured in from family, friends and colleagues after the announcement of his death. Prime Minister David Cameron described him as a politician with “immense ability” whose death was a “tragic loss”.

Mr Kennedy’s battle with addiction has been well-documented, leading him to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrat Party in 2006. He spoke publicly about his alcoholism just months after his defining moment as leader – guiding the party to its best result in the 2005 General Election. The revelation that he had been receiving treatment for his addiction sent shockwaves through the party and its stability was compromised as senior colleagues threatened to resign.

Alcohol addiction advice service, Dry Out Now, a division of Triage Healthcare, is saddened to hear of Mr Kennedy’s death. A spokesperson for the organisation provided the following comment: “Charles Kennedy’s death is a tragedy for his family, friends, colleagues, and for British politics. He made an extraordinary contribution to public life which will never be forgotten.

“His brave decision to be open and honest about his addiction is to be commended. When those in the public eye come forward and speak candidly about their problems, it helps others to feel that they are not alone. Alcoholism destroys lives, but you need not suffer in silence. At Dry Out Now, we are here to help.”

Dry Out Now, a division of Triage Healthcare, works with detox and rehabilitation centres across the mainland UK. Triage Healthcare was formed in 2005 to provide free and confidential advice to individuals, friends and families seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. Triage Healthcare is available for free consultations, online resources and advice from qualified medical and counselling personnel, seven days a week. Triage Healthcare is FDAP and SASSI accredited, and is regulated and approved by the CQC and UK Government.

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