Controversial South Tyneside councillor David Potts dies

'TRAGIC': Councillor David Potts, who died yesterday.
'TRAGIC': Councillor David Potts, who died yesterday.

CONTROVERSIAL councillor David Potts, who spoke publicly about his battle with alcoholism, died today at the age of 30.

Coun Potts had been ill for some time and had only recently been allowed home from Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, where he was being treated for cirrhosis of the liver.

The member for Cleadon and East Boldon on South Tyneside Council, died at home in St Nicholas Avenue, West Boldon, surrounded by close family.

Earlier this year, the UKIP councillor acknowledged he’d die if he didn’t stop drinking.

South Tyneside Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm said: “David Potts was an immensely talented and highly-educated young man whose life took a tragic turn as he battled his alcohol addiction.”