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The tragic death of an Irish hero

The widespread shock and sadness following the death of Ian McKeever has been evident in the tributes pouring in today.

His death after being hit by lightning while leading an expedition to the summit of Kilimanjaro is a terrible loss.

The record-breaking mountaineer was only 42 when he died, but he fitted in so much during his life-time.

He raised a huge amount of money for charity through his fundraising efforts, and this is surely a wonderful legacy.

He was an adventurer, and of course that comes with risks that many of us cannot know or appreciate.

Ian McKeever was highly experienced, and no stranger to difficult conditions. It makes his death in a freak accident all the more shocking.

The fact that he died doing what he loved best will hopefully offer comfort to his loved ones.