Paul Gascoigne’s nephew found dead aged 22
Paul Gascoigne’s young nephew has tragically passed away.
Jay Kerrigan was reportedly found in a tower block in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Paul Gascoigne’s nephew Jay Kerrigan found DEAD in Gateshead tower block https://t.co/RJNsKytVmC
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His step-dad Michael took to Facebook to address his passing, writing: “Broken hearts you’ve left behind, peacefulness you have found, stay safe our shining star, our beautiful son you’re never far.”
The 22-year-old had been vocal over his struggles with addiction.
According to the Mirror, he previously said: “Addiction is a disease, I was born with it. I haven’t smiled in years, I feel trapped. For heavens sake I’ve just came out of emergency heart surgery and now I’m back on it again.”
He had also spoken out about his troubled uncle’s issues with drinking.
The charity worker told the Mirror: “I know Paul will come and see us when he is well again. It could be weeks, it could be in the next few days. I was hoping he was over the drinking last time, and that was it.
“My grandma is really against alcohol. Paul has had a bad life with it and she is quite vocal about that. I know granddad feels the same way.
“He knows we are all here for him. It would be nice to see him settle down, have a normal family life.”
Jay’s cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, but police believe no one else was involved.
Our thoughts are with Jay’s family and friends at this time.
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