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'Great sadness' Stardust campaigner Eugene Kelly dies suddenly at home aged 62






Long-time Stardust campaigner Eugene Kelly has died suddenly and will be laid to rest tomorrow afternoon. 

Kelly was synonymous with the campaign for justice for the victims of the 1981 Stardust disaster.

Tragically his brother, Robert (17), died in the fire at the Dublin nightclub along with 47 other young people in the early hours of the February 14th, 1981.

According to RIP.ie, Mr Kelly died suddenly at his home in Balbriggan on Wednesday aged 62.

The Dubliner was well known in the media landscape having spent almost 40 years campaigning for a new inquiry.

It was his hope and belief a new public investigation would finally get answers as to how and why the tragedy happened.

Sadly he did not live to see this pass and according to the death notice he died suddenly at his Balbriggan home on Thursday.

He is survived by his partner Martha and his heartbroken children Stuart, Mandy and Lyndsey and ex-wife Celine.

Due to guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place tomorrow for immediate family and close friends.

His family have asked that any condolences be shared on the RIP website or in the traditional manner.

The official Twitter page, "Justice for Stardust 48" posted an emotional message of condolence for Eugene.

“It is with great sadness in our hearts that we have to announce the passing of our fellow justice fighter Eugene. You are at peace with your brother now, our dear friend.”

Sunday World