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‘Mad Pup’ Adair died from “accidental overdose celebrating jail release”

Jonathan 'Mad Pup' Adair
Jonathan 'Mad Pup' Adair

Jonathan “Mad Pup” Adair, son of UFF terror gang and drug-dealing godfather Johnny, died from a drugs overdose while celebrating his release from jail, according to sources close to the family.

The 32-year-old was found lifeless in his home in Troon, Scotland, on Saturday evening just days after his release from prison

An attempt at resuscitation was unsuccessful and police and an ambulance were called shortly after 5pm but crews were also unable to revive the dad-of-two.

Mad Pup was a known drug user and two years ago he was jailed for more than 12 months following a drug-fuelled rampage when he was refused a cannabis sale.

He admitted he was high on “street valium” when he battered a window and threatened TV star Dayna McLaughlin at her Troon home.

Mad Pup moved to Scotland shortly after he was gifted a drugs patch in Belfast for his 18th birthday which resulted in him being blasted in both legs. 

He was shot through both calves in Florence Square, not far from his lower Shankill home.

Earlier that year he'd been beaten up by a gang of his father's henchmen armed with baseball bats and iron bars after he'd broken into the home of an 84-year-old woman and stolen her purse.

Adair was also reported to have given the boy a beating after he took his car without asking.

In his book - Mad Dog: The Rise And Fall Of Johnny Adair and 'C' Company - veteran crime journalist Hugh Jordan describes how Jonathan finally tipped his father over the edge when he assaulted a female shop assistant in a filling station on Belfast's Crumlin Road.

Mad Dog ordered one of his top 'C' Coy henchmen to shoot his own son in both legs. The 'punishment shooting' was carried out using a 9mm pistol.

The previous year Jonathan was injured when a car load of republicans tried to kidnap him.