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'Greatest adventures' Hector O hEochagáin pays touching tribute to brother after sudden death

"My brother died suddenly on his bicycle at dawn on a summer's morning in Copenhagen on his way to work."

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Hector Ó hEochagáin has broken his silence after the death of his brother Freddie in an emotional tribute.

The Irish presenter’s brother Derek ‘Freddie’ Keogan died suddenly last Sunday following a bicycle accident in Copenhagen.

Speaking on the latest episode of his podcast with Tommy Tiernan and Laurita Blewitt, Hector told listeners that he had just returned home from Denmark for the funeral.

He said: “I’ve just arrived back from Copenhagen. And all I can say is we have had an amazing few days. Days full of sadness, days full of tears.

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“Days full of laughter, days full of stories, days full of just looking out the window and daydreaming wondering what is it all about.

“My brother died suddenly on his bicycle at dawn on a summer's morning in Copenhagen on his way to work. He is now flying high in the skies above Denmark and Ireland watching out for us and shining his love down on all of us.”

The Navan native recalled some fond memories with his older brother.

“Me and Freddie did everything together,” Hector said.

“It was back in the days of Sound Garden, Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana and Pearl Jam. We adored those bands.

“They were the soundtracks for the car. They were the soundtracks for all of our craic.”

Holding back tears, he concluded his heartbreaking tribute by saying: “I had some of the best nights and greatest adventures with my brother.

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“So let's sit back and enjoy them one more time. Slán Freddie, love you always.”

Hector confirmed the news of Freddie’s passing with a statement on his Instagram account last week.

The post read: “So it’s with a sad heart that we bring the news of the sudden passing of Hector’s brother Freddie.

“He was the star of many great adventures and tales that were told on this podcast over the last year. As a mark of respect to Freddie and his family in Ireland and Denmark, there will be no episode from the Hen House this week.

“Memories and smiles will stay with us forever... Rest in Peace now Freddie.”

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