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Tuesday 20 August 2019

'Another beautiful soul lost' - Voice star dies just months after ex Alli

Andrew Mann and Alli MacDonnell
Andrew Mann and Alli MacDonnell

Tributes have been paid to the former partner of the late model and autism campaigner Alli MacDonnell who has died suddenly.

Voice Of Ireland star Andrew Mann passed away on Saturday, just three months after the sudden death of well-known model Alli.

They were parents to a two-year-old daughter and Alli was also the mother of three more children.

Singer, performer and songwriter Andrew rose to prominence after starring on the second series of The Voice Of Ireland. He was also selected as a Eurovision hopeful in 2014 for his song Be Mine.

Tributes have poured in on social media for him.

Keywest singer Andy Kavanagh wrote: "I just got the shocking news that my friend and fellow musician Andrew Mann has passed.

"Another beautiful soul lost needlessly."

"Life can get so very complicated so quickly.

"I've known Andrew for many years as a musician but in recent years we've really become good friends.

Gentle

"He was a gentle, positive person and I loved being around him. This has definitely hit me very hard. If you have a minute, go watch him sing."

Friend and food author Oliver McCabe also expressed his condolences, writing: "I've just heard the very sad news our talented handsome pal Irish musician Andrew Mann passed away yesterday.

"Deeply saddened and shocked by this news as I had the pleasure to get to know him recently. My sincere condolences to his fans friends and family."

Music producer Dean Sherry wrote on Twitter that he was "very saddened" to hear about the passing of "such a talented Irish guy".

Rathfarnham mum Alli had fronted campaigns for Autism Ireland after her younger son was diagnosed with the condition.

Autism Ireland chief executive Samantha Judge said that Alli was an "amazing mother" and a tireless campaigner for autism.

Her funeral service in February was attended by hundreds of guests before she was laid to rest in Dungar Cemetery, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please contact the Samaritans helpline 116 123; the Aware helpline 1800 80 48 48; or Pieta House on 1800 247 247.

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