Daniel's family ask for charity donations
HEARTBROKEN Jackie Rafter and hairstylist David Marshall have appealed for donations to a drug addiction charity after their son's tragic death.
The devastated pair, who lost their son, Daniel, last Saturday, have asked for friends and family to support the Aiseiri rehab centre.
It's a facility which provides community and residential services to help people overcome addiction.
"People usually send flowers but they thought this was a more meaningful gesture in light of what has happened," said a family friend.
They will lay Daniel to rest tomorrow morning at a funeral mass at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace on Merrion Road in Dublin 4.
Daniel (25), who had battled drug addiction for the past few years, is also survived by his older sister Kate, step-sister Laura, step-brother David and girlfriend Kate.
His sister paid an emotional tribute to her late brother on her Facebook page and said at least he was now at peace.
"Today I saw my little brother resting peacefully as beautiful as ever and know he is in a better place, at peace free from his demons," Kate wrote.
"There are no words to explain what a tragic loss he is for my family and we appreciate all your support and kind messages through this tough time.
"Rest in Peace my little Dan the man, love you forever."
Daniel's family and friends have been left reeling by his sudden death after his body was found in the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen's Green at approximately 4am on Saturday morning.
Gardai at Pearse Street are not treating the death as suspicious and are awaiting the toxicology results.
His parents are well-known in social circles.
His mum, Jackie, is a former model, and she set up the Bubblegum Club, a charity which helps children with life-threatening illnesses.
Her former husband, David Marshall, is one of the country's best-known hair stylists.
Daniel had led a troubled life in recent years, and had attempted to kick his heroin habit numerous times.
A court heard last year how he began taking the drug at the age of 21 because he was "bored" with life.
Daniel had attended a number of different detox and treatment centres in a bid to get clean.
Daniel, who appeared in court on charges of assault and selling heroin, had shown speech and language difficulties from a young age.
He did courses in car mechanics and sports management and had also worked in his father's hairdressing salon.