The Newcastle Journal has the sad news:
The Liberal Democrat candidate for Westerhope, Neil Hamilton, died this afternoon after spending the day campaigning.
Police were called to his house after no-one could contact him. Mr Hamilton, thought to be in his early 60s, was a junior cricket coach.
Under council rules, if a candidate dies during an election, and before all votes are cast, the election is null and void and a by-election must be held.
Our condolences to Mr Hamilton’s family, and to the local party in Newcastle.