Belfast Telegraph

Portstewart businessman's death shocks town

By John Mulgrew

One of the north coast's best-known businessmen has passed away at the age of 52.

Ian Madden was the owner of the Anchor complex in Portstewart's strand - one of the busiest and most popular nightspots in the area.

The cause of Mr Madden's death is not yet clear.

Councillor Bernard Fitzpatrick said Mr Madden was a fit man who spent a lot of his time training in the gym.

"I would have known his as a friend and used to train with him," he said. "It's an absolute shock. He was a prolific keep-fit enthusiast who would train daily and it's a real shock given how fit he was.

"He was at the gym on Tuesday night and he wasn't feeling well when he came home," he added.

Mr Fitzpatrick said when he last spoke to Mr Madden in December he was in "good form".

"I was talking to him before Christmas and discussing things and he was quite happy and everything was great."

He paid tribute to the well-known businessman and said it was a "shock to the community in Portstewart".

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