Charles Kennedy’s family thank public for their messages, warmth and concern

Charles Kennedy’s family issued a statement this afternoon saying that they had been “touched beyond compare” by the “outpouring of warmth” for Charles.

They thanked everyone who had sent them messages and who had helped them since Charles’ death on Monday.

They also announced the findings of the post-mortem, that Charles had died of a “major haemorrhage” linked to alcoholism.

Here is their statement in full:

Charles’s family would first like to thank the public and politicians who have been so warm in their tributes to him and so sincere in their concern for us.

We have been touched beyond measure by the outpouring of warmth for a man whose loss we will feel deeply forever.

The pain we feel has been at least eased somewhat by the reaction of so many people across Scotland, the UK and beyond, and by the affection expressed by politicians across the spectrum.

It has become all too apparent to us how much Charles meant to so many people and how many lives he touched.

We were grateful that his young son Donald was able to attend the Commons session where so many MPs spoke so warmly about his father.

The words and images of that day, and of so many other tributes, will be there for us to look back on with pride in Charles, and Donald will always know what a special father he had.

We would also like to thank all the public authorities and emergency services who have dealt with the aftermath of Charles’s death with such courtesy, kindness and efficiency.

We have now been informed by the office of the procurator fiscal of the findings of the post-mortem.

Charles’s death was caused by a major haemorrhage and 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.

We can now proceed to make arrangements for his funeral and we will make an announcement on the details in due course.

Shortly after the statement was released, Willie Rennie gave a really sensitive and understanding interview to BBC News, talking about how in the midst of this, we maybe all need to take a moment to understand the illness of alcoholism a bit more, and how people shouldn’t have to be ashamed for suffering from it. Of Charles, he said it was remarkable that he achieved so much while suffering from this illness for such a long time.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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