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Sunday 26 January 2020

Man mourns his best pal who he married to avoid inheritance bill

Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan at their civil wedding in 2017. Matt died in hospital yesterday with Michael at his side. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan at their civil wedding in 2017. Matt died in hospital yesterday with Michael at his side. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A man is mourning his husband who died yesterday after they got married in 2017 to avoid paying inheritance tax.

Best friends of over 30 years Michael O'Sullivan and Matt Murphy decided to wed so that Michael would inherit Matt's home in Stoneybatter, north Dublin, when he died.

The pair made headlines all over the world when they got married but, after a period of illness, Matt died early yesterday at the Mater Hospital.

Tribute

Speaking on Liveline yesterday, Stoneybatter man Michael paid tribute to his best friend.

"He was a wonderful person and he loved people and called himself a humanist," he said.

"Even when he was ill in the house here, I would always try and get him out.

"You wouldn't know he was ill once you got him sitting down and someone to talk to."

Michael was with Matt in his final moments.

"He was on morphine and he was sleeping very calmly but just at about a quarter past four last night he let out a few loud grunts," he said on Liveline.

Worried that Matt was in pain, Michael left the ward and went to fetch a nurse.

"When I came back, he was very still. Suddenly, he let out a few breaths and he passed," he said tearfully.

"I was with him, so it was sad. He was a great, great man and he went how he wanted to go."

The pair got to celebrate their second anniversary in Arbour Hill last December 22.

"It was nice and a good lot of people came along and people came and went and wished us a happy anniversary. A lot of people actually came and saw Matt," said Michael.

Originally from Cashel, Matt died not knowing his father.

"He came into the world under a big cloud but went down with a big bang," said Michael.

"It was fantastic the amount of people that would stop and talk to us and congratulate us, especially after the wedding. It was great."

Wake

A wake will take place in Matt's home in Stoneybatter today and tomorrow, with the funeral to follow on Friday afternoon.

"We're going to have a wake from 1pm tomorrow in the house in Stoneybatter and all day Thursday and you can come anytime," said Michael.

"When pubs are closed we'll be open. We want to give everyone a chance to come and say goodbye."

Following Matt's wishes, the funeral will be held in his hometown of Cashel, taking place at the cathedral at 3pm on Friday.

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