Former partner of Matt Lucas found dead

Lucas-McGeeKevin McGee, the former civil partner of Matt Lucas (Little Britain) has been found dead after posting a desperate message on Facebook.

Police in Edinburgh broke into McGee’s flat at 8am yesterday after being alerted by his friends to discover he had hanged himself. Three hours earlier McGee, 32, had posted on Facebook saying: “Kevin McGee thinks that death is much better than life”.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said that there were no suspicious circumstances and that a file was being prepared for the coroner.

Lucas, 35, currently starring in the West End play Prick Up Your Ears, was said to have been “utterly destroyed” by the news.

A friend of Lucas told The Sun newspaper: “Matt was floored when he heard the news. He always loved Kevin, despite their differences and their difficult marriage.”

McGee and Lucas had a civil partnership ceremony three years ago but split 18 months later. The partnership was officially dissolved last October.

Last month, Lucas told the Evening Standard that the break-up had been tough. “Time is a great healer,” he said. “We have an agreement we both honour that we won’t discuss the circumstances surrounding it. But I’m OK.”

A neighbour of Mr McGee said that he had not appeared suicidal. The neighbour said: “A month ago he got a labrador puppy. He seemed a nice guy with no signs of obvious problems. He never mentioned Matt Lucas.”

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Source: Times Online

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