Ben Dunne, a prominent Irish businessman, has passed away at the age of 74.
His cause of death was not shared with the public at this time
Born in Cork in 1949, Dunne began working for the Dunnes Stores family business, founded by his father, Ben, with the St Bernard brand.
In 1981, he was kidnapped and held for a week by the IRA until a £1m ransom was paid.
His leadership of Dunnes Stores ended after a scandal in 1992, where he was arrested for cocaine possession.
His sister Margaret Heffernan took over the firm, which led to revelations of secret payments to politicians.
The fallout led to the McCracken Tribunal report and the Moriarty Tribunal, which damaged reputations in politics, business, and Ireland’s social circles.
Dunne later rebuilt his reputation and founded the successful Ben Dunne chain of gyms.
His passing was met with shock and sadness as news of his death began to emerge.