The Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, has carried out a preliminary examination on the body of Jonathan Philbin Bowman who was found dead at his home in Harolds Cross, Dublin, this evening. Gardaí are still investigating the circumstances of his death, but it appears to have been a tragic accident. He was found lying in the kitchen near the foot of the stairs. It is believed he died as a result of a fall from a stool.

Jonathan Philbin Bowman was always opinionated, often provocative, but never boring. He had been a regular pundit on chat shows since, as a 16-year-old school leaver, he proclaimed that he had learned more in the real world in a matter of weeks than he had ever learned sitting in a classroom. He had a famous father, the accomplished broadcaster John Bowman. He worked mostly as a freelance journalist and of late had a column in the Sunday Independent. He also worked a great deal on radio.

The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said tonight that he was deeply saddened on learning the news of Jonathan Philbin Bowman's death. His thoughts and prayers he said were with his family at this very sad time.

The leader of the Labour Party, Ruairí Quinn TD, expressed his shock and sadness on hearing of the death. He said that Jonathan Philbin Bowman was without doubt one of the bright lights of Irish journalism. He extended his deepest sympathies to his son Saul, and to his parents John and Eimer.

The Fine Gael leader, John Bruton said that few people he knew brought a smile to the face of anyone they met more readily. He said that his infectious good humour and iconoclastic attitude to life conveyed itself to all with whom he came into contact. He said that Jonathan Philbin Bowman would be missed for many years to come.

The editor of the Sunday Independent, Aengus Fanning, said that Mr Jonathan Philbin Bowman was one of the most brilliant journalists of his generation.