Belfast police investigate sudden deaths of three men within space of few hours
The PSNI is probing the sudden deaths of three men in Belfast yesterday.
One of the deceased was named locally as west Belfast man Christopher Lavery.
Two of the men died in west Belfast while the third died in the south of the city yesterday morning. Investigations are under way to establish the cause of the deaths.
There was speculation on social media that one or more of the tragedies may be linked to prescription drug Lyrica.
However, no cause of death can be attributed until a post mortem is carried out. Police are not treating the deaths as suspicious.
Mr Lavery, who was in his 30s and from Dunmurry, was described on social media as having a “heart of gold”.
He had been staying at a house in Riverdale Park North, where he was found dead.
Police in forensic suits were seen entering the property yesterday.
Christopher’s cousin Jennifer Lavery posted online, saying: “This is such a sad time for myself and my family and we appreciate all the genuine condolences.
“Rest in peace, Christopher, you were a big gentle soul with a heart of gold.”
The other two men are understood to be aged in their 20s. One is understood to have died in Utility Street and the other on the Springfield Road.
The PSNI confirmed that detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding the three sudden deaths.
“Police are not investigating a link between these deaths,” it said. “Post mortem examinations will take place to determine the cause. However, they are not being treated as suspicious at this time.”