I’ve criticised families before when the dead sons are coyly described as being “the life and soul of the party” and no reference made to the circumstances of the death.
So I have to commend Doyle’s family for issuing a truly brave and honest statement tonight. These are good people. We need more like them.
“The family of Mr Doyle said they were devastated by the death and urged people not to take potentially deadly substances.
“Kevin will always have a special place in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers – not only because of his untimely death but also because of the heroic manner in which he overcame life-threatening cancer,” they said in a statement.
“He was a dearly loved son, brother and grandson and he will be sorely missed.”
The family said Mr Doyle had a wonderful life ahead of him which he had only just had the opportunity to pursue after his brave battle with cancer.
“We sincerely hope that no family has to suffer the pain and anguish that we are going through,” they said.
“We would earnestly ask all those – both young and old – who may be tempted to dabble in potentially lethal substances to simply say no. No amount of so-called fun is worth the loss of life that so often befalls young people in Ireland today.”