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X Factor star’s pain at loss of brothers

Larne X-Factor contestant Phillip Magee has spoken of his pain after losing both of his brothers in tragic circumstances.

The 25-year-old has been devastated by the death of his siblings — Paul (21) and David (20) in the space of two years.

Paul was found dead from a gunshot wound at barracks where he served at RAF Aldergrove in January 2008, while David was discovered hanged in a garage in Larne where he had worked as a mechanic.

Phillip, who appeared in the talent contest in 2005, said that David had never got over the loss of his older brother. Philip is now hoping to organise a charity music event to raise funds for and awareness of depression.

While Paul’s death was reported as suicide, an inquest has not yet taken place and the family has not decided whether they think he meant to take his own life.

The singer said he and Paul were “like twins”.

“He was very outgoing and very handsome, he was a real comic and could have me in stitches,” he said.

Belfast Telegraph