Northern Ireland

Police investigate sudden death of Kevin Doherty in west Belfast

West Belfast
It is believed all three men attended the same party in west Belfast

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 30-year-old man in Belfast.

Detectives are waiting for the results of toxicology tests after Kevin Doherty died in west of the city on Tuesday.

It is understood he was at party in the Divis area at the time. Two other men who are believed to have attended the same party were treated in hospital.

There have been several recent incidents involving drugs in the city, but it is not known whether drugs or alcohol are linked to this death.

Benny Lynch, a drugs awareness manager at Falls Community Council, said Mr Doherty's family were "totally devastated".

"The family, as yet, haven't been told anything. They have to await results also of a toxicology report," he said.

He added that Mr Doherty "was a popular young man" in his community.

"Anyone you spoke to about Kevin spoke with a smile on their face about how much of a character he was in the area."

The father-of-one played football and coached for local clubs.

It is understood that the two men who were hospitalised are recovering.