Western Australia government MP Don Randall has been found dead.
Police confirmed Mr Randall was found unresponsive in his car near Boddington Golf Club in WA’s Peel region. Friends say the Liberal MP recently told them he had been suffering heart problems and believe this might be the cause of his death, the ABC reported.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott issued a statement honouring Mr Randall and offered his condolences to the man’s wife and two children. Mr Abbott described the Liberal MP as an “outstanding local member, a passionate and persuasive advocate in Canberra and a hardworking community leader in Western Australia.” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the deceased was “a thoroughly good and decent bloke,” while WA Premier Colin Barnett was “shocked and saddened” by the Liberal MP’s death. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she will “miss him greatly” and Treasurer Joe Hockey expressed shock at Mr Randall’s death.
Federal MPs have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to their colleague who came to national attention earlier this year when he moved a spill motion against the Prime Minister along with fellow Western Australia MP Luke Simpkins.