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Former war reporter Colin Peck is found dead in Londonderry

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 20/08/2015

The body of a 56-year-old man found in a house in Londonderry yesterday morning is believed to be that of well-known journalist Colin Peck.

Mr Peck, who lived in Prehen House in the Waterside area, is a former war correspondent.

His brother Rory was a freelance cameraman who died in a gun battle in Moscow in 1993.

Mr Peck had recently given up war reporting and returned to live at the family home in Prehen to care for his mother, who died last year aged 93.

He and his house recently featured on a Channel 4 programme where obsessive compulsive cleaners are brought in to clean a house.

In this case they were assisting in getting Prehen House ready to be opened to the public.

Mr Peck was a respected journalist and spent five years working in Russia before his brother's death.

One former colleague said he was "a keen journalist with a lawyer's mind and an adventurer's heart. He went to the dark places because he wanted the world to understand what is going on.

"Fearless and cheerful. What a joy working with him, being around him."

Mr Peck leaves a daughter Virginia, his long-term partner Alison Hancock and their two young children, Rowell and Beatrix.

The Pecks of Prehen House are believed to be distant relatives of the US film star Gregory Peck.

Police are investigating and a post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

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