By Christian Smith
Welsh Labour’s Carl Sargeant, who was suspended by his party, has been found dead in his home in Connah’s Quay.
Mr Sargeant, former cabinet secretary for communities and children, who was married with two children was found on Tuesday morning.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “deeply shocked to hear of the terrible news about Carl Sargeant.”
The 49-year-old lost his ministerial job last week and was under investigation following several number of alleged incidents involving women.
Mr Sargeant denied the allegation put against him and had vowed to clear his name before taking his own life.
As a mark of respect, the Welsh Assembly’s business for today has been cancelled. Further more, meetings scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday will not be held.
In a statement, his family said: “He wasn’t simply a part of our family. He was the glue that bound us together.
“He was the heart of our family. We loved him so very much.
“We are devastated beyond words, and we know our grief will be shared by all those who knew and loved him.
“We are in shock and grief. We ask that our privacy is respected at this time.”