FLASH: Charles Kennedy Death Related to Alcoholism

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The post-mortem on former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has revealed he died of a “major haemorrhage” linked to alcoholism.

In a statement, Mr Kennedy’s family said the report “makes clear this was a consequence of his battle with alcoholism.”

“We are grateful to the many friends and also medical experts who sought to help down the years but ultimately this was an illness Charles could not conquer despite all the efforts he and others made.”

Kennedy died suddenly on Monday night at his home in Fort William, Scotland. He had battled alcoholism for a number of years and was forced to stand down as party leader in 2006 after admitting his problem.

He lost his seat at last month’s General Election.