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Tributes as journalist Gary Gilliland dies aged 40

By Michael Shiels McNamee

Colleagues of a Northern Ireland journalist who passed away suddenly in Liverpool earlier this week have spoken of how he was a “pleasant and professional” young man who was committed to his career.

Gary Gilliland (40), who was originally from south Belfast, died suddenly at his flat in Merseyside on Monday.

SDLP Councillor Brian Heading, who knew Mr Gilliland when he was a student at Queen’s University, said the death was “very sad”.

“When people talk to me about it, I still think of a 21-year-old going around trying to produce a student newspaper without any budget,” he added.

Gilliland was known in media circles, and was working as a sub-editor with the Chelsea Football Club magazine before he died. He is survived by his parents, Mary and Jim, and his brother, Darren.

Ryan Gilliland, another brother of Gary, was tragically killed in a car accident 17 years ago.

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