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Family of talented DJ Ciaran Duffy (35) tell of 'utter devastation' following sudden death

DJ Ciaran Duffy had headlined gigs in Ibiza, London and Belfast
Marie Louise McConville

THE family of a well-known DJ have told how they have been left "utterly devastated" following his sudden death.

Ciaran Duffy, who was 35, was found at his home off the Antrim Road in north Belfast on Monday.

While the cause of his death has not been officially confirmed, it is believed he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Social media was yesterday flooded with tributes to the talented DJ, who had headlined gigs in Ibiza and London and was a resident in Thompsons in Belfast city centre.

Mr Duffy was signed to house and techno label Global Underground, whose other acts include the likes of leading DJ and producer Carl Cox.

As well as working alone, he was one half of successful DJ combo Brisboys, who formed in 2008 and have had their music played on Radio 1.

Speaking to The Irish News last night, Mr Duffy's sister Niamh said his career had taken off and he was due to travel to Ibiza in the summer for a series of gigs.

"Our world has been torn apart," she said.

"We are a close family and he just cheered us up every day with his one-liners".

The 29-year-old said it was believed her brother had suffered a cardiac arrest.

"The coroner phoned and there was no trauma or anything. There was no illness.

"He went to gym, he was really fit and he was strong and tall and healthy. He looked after himself. We are just completely shocked."

Ms Duffy described her brother as "the life and soul of the party".

"He was kind and thoughtful and so funny," she said.

"He was charismatic and he was so handsome. All the ladies just loved him.

"He had an infectious, beautiful smile. He was loving and caring. He was my mummy's blue-eyed boy.

"Myself and Ciaran had a special bond. He doted on me and I doted on him. His friends all over the world are absolutely devastated. He was the most popular guy and he had a close set of friends. Everybody is just at a loss without him."

She added: "This was his year. It's just bitter-sweet, his songs are going to be released and his memory will live on through his music.

"He appreciated every moment and he loved life. His life was short but in those short years, he lived his life to the full.

"It will never be the same again. It's just a complete loss. We are just going to miss him so so much."

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