GARDAI investigating the sudden death of a talented musician whose body was found in his home have ruled out foul play.
Cork musician Reuben Lynch who played in the well known band, the Lynch Mob with his dad and brother, had been dead for a number of days before he was found in the house at Curraheen Drive near Bishopstown on the southside of Cork city on New Year’s Day.
Family members became concerned when they had not heard from the 45-year-old and went to the house where they made the grim discovery.
Gardai initially declared the death as suspicious and launched an investigation, but following a postmortem examination which determined the death was from natural causes, they are now preparing a file for the Coroner’s court.
Numerous tributes have been paid to Reuben with friends describing him as “a beast on the bass”.
Respected Cork musician Hank Wedel said Reuben was “a gentle spirit” and “a wonderful colleague”.
He said: “Bless your lovely heart, my friend. It is the end of an era in Cork city.”
Mr Wedel said Reuben was a natural musician who was held in the highest esteem throughout the industry in Ireland.
Cork Folk Festival also paid tribute to Reuben, who regularly played on their event programme.
Reuben had performed in numerous venues in Cork including Cork Opera House.
Counihans Bar on Pembroke Street posted a statement in which they indicated that the artistic community was a lesser place following the loss of a “kind, gentle and gifted musician”.
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In 2013, artist John Adams painted a portrait of the the Lynch mob band comprising of father Ricky and sons Graham and Reuben.
It was unveiled at Cork City Library as part of the Cork Folk Festival that year, with father and sons performing at the event.
Funeral arrangements will be finalised in the coming days.