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Clements family anguish after sudden death of avid runner Paul

By Cate McCurry

The family of a man who collapsed and died at his home in Co Antrim have said they are "absolutely devastated" following his death.

Paul Clements, a father-of-one from Larne, died suddenly on Monday.

Aged in his 40s, it's understood Paul collapsed while mowing the lawn at his home.

He was married to Margaret and they have one daughter, Hannah. His death sparked dozens of heartfelt tributes on social media.

His heartbroken brother Gareth took to Facebook hours after his death. He wrote: "Absolutely devastated tonight by the sudden and untimely passing of my wee brother Paul.

"Still can't quite get my head around it. I know long, hard days are in front of us but with the support of friends and family we'll get through it.

"My heart is breaking for Mags, Hannah, my mum and sister. Sleep well pal."

Paul was a keen runner and had taken part in a number of marathons.

He was a member of East Coast Athletic Club, who said they were "shocked and deeply saddened" by his death.

"All of our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret, Hannah and their family circle at this very sad time," they said in a Facebook post.

"No other words can express how we feel about this devastating news."

The family are members of Larne Parkrun and were often seen at local running events.

The club also posted on their Facebook page: "We at Larne Parkrun were shocked and deeply saddened at the news of the sudden and untimely passing of our good friend, Paul.

"Paul, along with his wife, Mags and daughter, Hannah, have been with us from the very start at Larne Parkrun. They have been massive supporters of ours, and of parkrun in general, over the years.

"However, Paul was not only a regular part of our family at Larne Parkrun, but also of the wider running community in Larne. Paul was a familiar face to many, and a friend to most.

"Larne Parkrun would like to express our deepest sympathies to Mags and Hannah, and to Paul's extended family at this most difficult time."

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