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'Champagne Killer' Karl Breen dies of suspected drug overdose

Breen was found dead on the floor of an apartment when emergency services arrived on the scene overnight.
Feb 3rd 2015, 12:37 PM 39,304 21

KARL BREEN — known as the ‘Champagne Killer’ — has died of a suspected overdose.

His body was found in an apartment building in Finglas, west Dublin, overnight.

A post-mortem is yet to be completed, but it’s believed he died of a drug overdose.

Breen was found dead on the floor of the apartment, when emergency services arrived on the scene, a source said. Sleeping pills were also found nearby.

It’s believed he had been dead for some time.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed a man’s body had been found, and said that the force was required by law to investigate every sudden death.

The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious, the Garda spokesperson said.

Breen was aged 27 when he was handed a nine year sentence in October 2007 for killing one of his friends during a drunken fight on the previous New Year’s Eve.

He had pleaded not guilty to Martin McLaughlin’s murder, but was found guilty by a jury of manslaughter.

Breen was found to have stabbed the victim three times, including once through the heart, after the violence erupted at the Jurys Croke Park Hotel.

He was dubbed the ‘Champagne Killer’ in the wake of the trial, as he had ordered bottles of Champagne before the attack happened.

He was released from Mountjoy last October.

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