Tributes to Colin Peck of Prehen House

The late Colin Peck.

The late Colin Peck.

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Tributes have been paid to the late Colin Peck who was found dead at his ancestral home of Prehen House on Wednesday.

Police have confirmed that they are not treating the renowned former journalist and lawyers’ death as suspicious following a post-mortem conducted on Thursday.

Mr Peck, who was 56, has been instrumental in opening up Prehen House to the public and organising a series of festivals and events in the grounds over recent years.

The father-of-three had worked for a number of major media companies, and had worked for a time with his brother and fellow journalist Rory Peck, who was killed while covering the turmoil during the Russian constitutional crisis back in 1993.

Tina Carr, director of the Rory Peck Trust, which was set up in his memory, was among the first to pay tribute to Colin via their website.

She said Colin had freelanced as a producer, cameraman and print journalist covering conflicts in Russia, Chechnya, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iraq among others.

A friend and colleague of Mr Peck’s, Brendan Doherty, paid tribute to him on the Journal’s Facebook page stating: “The many happy summer nights I spent in Prehen House’s kitchen sipping red wine and eating canapes with him and his eccentric friends from around the globe will live in my memory always.

“I feel proud to have worked with him. My thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Funeral arrangements were still being finalised this evening.