The Washington Irish community and a small Sligo town is in mourning after the tragic death in Las Vegas of GAA star Conor Brady.
The 24-year-old died during a weekend trip to Vegas.
He had moved to Washington after landing a marketing job with the Irish Dairy Board.
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs is offering assistance to the family. Las Vegas police have not confirmed the cause of death.
His Twitter account revealed he was a huge sports fan who was looking forward to his Vegas weekend. His last tweet was in praise of golfer Rory McIlroy’s great round in Shanghai at a major tournament there.
The popular gaelic footballer had met Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in his job as a sales and marketing representative with the Dairy Board.
The Irish Sun reports that he had his photograph taken with PM Kenny during his St Patrick’s Day visit.
Conor lined out for both the Sligo Under-21 and Minor footballers and played for his club - St Patrick’s, Skreen/Dromard - until he emigrated to the States.
Club secretary Gerard Clarke told the Irish Sun that the local community has been stunned by his passing.
He said: “The club is in a state of shock by what has happened. All we can do now is be there for Conor’s family.
“He was a leader of the team and played with us up until he left for America. He was a talented player and a lovely guy.
“Conor was doing very well for himself too in the States and was expected home for Christmas to see his family. It is just very sad news.”
The Sligo GAA County Board has also paid tribute to Brady.
In a statement, it said: “An Coiste Chontae Shligigh extends its sympathy to Conor’s parents, Peter and Maureen, his brother Donal, sister Shaunagh and grandparents Pat and Sally Brady.”