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First picture of man found dead with partner at west Belfast house

Tragedy: Sam Gibson
Tragedy: Sam Gibson
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

The first picture has emerged of the man who was found dead at a house in west Belfast.

Catherine (Cathy) Cosgrove was found dead by her teenage son Thomas when he woke up and went downstairs shortly before 11am on Thursday.

Her partner, Sam Gibson, was found dead a short time later in an upstairs room. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the sudden deaths of the west Belfast couple as police await post-mortem results.

The principal of St Colm's High School, where Thomas recently completed his GCSEs, confirmed that support measures have been put in place and said "all necessary support" will be made available.

It is understood that support and counselling services have also been offered to Thomas' brothers, twins Carlos and Christopher, who are past pupils of the school.

Last night Mr Gibson's daughter Cara, who lives in Canada, paid a moving tribute to her father.

"Dear Dad, I wish I could turn back time and tell you just how much you meant to me," she wrote on Facebook.

"I don't think I will ever get over this heartbreak...

"I don't know why this happened...I wish I could be with you. I wish I could tell you I love you one last time...or just get one more call from you.

"I wish my kids could have met you and known you...I know they would have loved you so much."

Friends also paid tribute to Mr Gibson, who was well known in pool-playing circles.

Paddy McLoughlin wrote: "Absolutely gutted to hear the news of the passing of my good friend Sam Gibson. Sam was a great inspiration and someone I looked up to."

Another friend, Willie Dines, posted on Facebook: "I hope you and Cathy are resting in heaven and you will always be remembered and missed on so many levels."

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed that two post-mortem examinations were carried out yesterday.

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