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Sunday 22 October 2017

Grief etched on heartbroken Jackie's face as son laid to rest

HEARTBROKEN mum Jackie Rafter clutched a photograph of her son Daniel Marshall as she exited his funeral ceremony.

Grief was etched on her face at the loss of the tragic young man, who mourners heard never stopped trying to fight against his addictions.

The 25-year-old son of socialite Jackie and famous stylist David Marshall died over the weekend from a suspected drugs overdose.

Hundreds of people, including celebrities and former school pals, packed the Church of Our Lady Queen of Pace yesterday, to hear about the charming, funny and sports-mad young man.

The parish priest said that there was nothing worse than the death of a young person and that everyone present was aware of his "problems and his issues".

But he said that he had 
always fought against his addictions. "No one deserves to die that way," he said.

The congregation was told about Daniel's love of music, especially songs with lyrics that he could relate to, such as the Gerry and the Pacemakers hit You'll Never Walk Alone.

He was carried out of the church in a wicker coffin to the sound of the tune.

Heroin

Among the famous faces in the crowd were snooker player Ken Doherty, radio DJ Dave Fanning and former Black Tie owner Niall O'Farrell.

He was a "funny guy, hilarious to be around", according to his friends.

Daniel was also part of the St Michael's College rugby team that won the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time in years.

Daniel is mourned by his sister Kate, step-sister Laura, step-brother David, grandparents, uncles, aunts, his cherished and beloved cousins and many friends.

His sister Kate told those gathered that she regretted that she didn't have more time with him.

"I told him he could do whatever he set his mind to," she said.

Daniel had been fighting a lengthy battle with drug addiction issues in the past and was last year charged with selling heroin.

He had been previously warned by a judge that he wouldn't live to see 50 unless he "got his act together".

His mum Jackie is a former model and socialite who 
previously worked in the Wright Venue and set up children's charity the Bubblegum Club.

His dad is one of the country's top hair stylists.

He had spent years battling personal issues and had speech and language difficulties as well as Attention Deficit Disorder from a young age.

He did courses in car mechanics, sports management, worked in a bookmakers and also worked in his father's top salon in Dublin.

Daniel had started using heroin from around the age of 21.

Addiction

However he had been attending drug addiction councillors and was trying to get his life together.

His remains were found in a bathroom of the Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen's Green area at approximately 4am on Sunday morning.

Gardai have said that they are not treating the death as suspicious.

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