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'Talented actor' Daniel Cullen from Co Tyrone died after tragic accident in Dublin's River Liffey

Actor Daniel Cullen in a music video for the band `Go Swim' which member Stephen Smith posted `as a memory to him' on Facebook

THE body of a "talented actor" who died in an accident along Dublin's River Liffey has returned to the Co Tyrone town where he was "born and raised" ahead of his funeral.

News of Daniel Cullen's death has led to an outpouring of grief in Dungannon for the "intelligent and kindhearted" 34-year-old who had only recently moved to the city to pursue his acting career.

A gardaí spokesman confirmed officers "attended an incident at Sir John Rogersons Quay" along The River Liffey's south bank on Monday June 7 "following reports of a man entering the water at approximately 11.30pm".

"The body of a man was recovered from the water during searches the following day.

"Gardaí are treating the matter as a tragic accident and foul play is not suspected. A file will be sent to the coroner."

His brother Ryan Cullen posted a video of Noel Gallagher singing an acoustic version of Oasis song `Fade Away' on Facebook "for my bro" which he said they used to sing together after a night out.

"Will miss you forever bro, wouldn't be who I am without you. Will meet again in the stars," he wrote.

Their uncle Marty Cullen said he had been "devastated" to be told of Daniel's death on Friday, describing him as "one of the most intelligent and kindhearted men I have ever known".

He went on to praise the PSNI in Dungannon and An Garda Síochana in Dublin for going "beyond duty in helping us as a family".

Mr Cullen said the family were bringing his nephew home yesterday "to where he was born and raised" at Oaks Road.

He asked followers on Facebook to "say a prayer" for him.

Steven Smith, a friend of Daniel, said it had been "absolutely devastating news".

"Daniel was not only an intelligent, funny and sincere human being but he was also an extremely talented actor and we worked together on a music video for my old band `Go Swim'."

Another friend said they had seen "he was in Dublin recently loving life", while a neighbour described him as "a lovely, kind young man".

Dungannon Thomas Clarkes also paid tribute on social media.

He is survived by his mother Mary, father Donal and brother Ryan.

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