(BBC) – An ex-Welsh Labour minister who faced a party investigation into allegations about his personal conduct has taken his own life, BBC Wales understands.
Carl Sargeant had lost his ministerial job as cabinet secretary for communities and children last week.
A family statement said his relatives were “devastated beyond words” at the loss of “the glue that bound us together”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the death was “deeply shocking news”.
The Welsh Assembly’s business for Tuesday has been cancelled as a mark of respect for the Alyn and Deeside AM.
First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “Carl was a friend as well as a colleague and I am shocked and deeply saddened by his death.
“He made a big contribution to Welsh public life and fought tirelessly for those he represented both as a minister and as a local assembly member.
“He will be a great loss both to our party and to the Senedd.”
‘A stalwart and friend’
Elin Jones, assembly presiding officer, said Mr Sargeant “served the people of Alyn and Deeside with pride and determination and he made an enormous contribution to the development of this democratic institution”.
“On behalf of all the members and those who work at the National Assembly for Wales, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to his family and colleagues,” she added.
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said: “Our Parliament has lost a stalwart and many of us have lost a friend.”
A spokesman for North Wales Police said it was investigating an incident at an address in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire.
“There are no further details available at present,” the spokesman added.
Mr Sargeant was married and had two children.