Funeral for QC Paul McBride after death in Pakistan

The funeral of top QC Paul McBride will be held on Monday.

Mr McBride, one of Scotland's most prominent lawyers, died suddenly on Sunday while on a business trip in Pakistan. He was 48.

A requiem mass will be held at 10am at St Aloysius' Church in the Garnethill area of Glasgow.

After the service, the funeral party will proceed to St Convals Cemetery in Barrhead to say their final goodbyes.

Mr McBride was on a business trip to Lahore with Glasgow-based human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar.

Both lawyers had been attending a wedding but Mr McBride returned to his room early, feeling unwell.

He was found dead in his bed at the Pearl Continental hotel on Sunday morning.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Tuesday found there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

It also found no sign of any injuries and concluded that Mr McBride died in his sleep through natural causes.

Mr Anwar has previously said he hopes to arrange for the QC's body to be brought home on a flight later this week.

Details of Mr McBride's funeral were confirmed by Jack Irvine, of Media House International.

A funeral notice, which is expected to appear in The Herald, reads: "McBride - Paul George. Died suddenly 4th March 2012.

"Loving and loved son of George and Mary and beloved partner of Gary.

"Fortified by the rites of the Holy Church, requiem mass 10am Monday 12th March, St Aloysius, Garnethill thereafter St Convals Cemetery, Barrhead.

"Family flowers only please. Any donations to The British Liver Trust."

No further information has been made available at this stage.

Mr McBride was one of the leading lawyers of his generation, having been appointed a QC at the age of just 35.

He was involved in many high profile criminal cases and fatal accident inquiries, as well as representing Celtic Football Club.

Following his death, tributes poured in from across Scotland from the worlds of politics, media, the law and sport.

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