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Kelly family's statement in full


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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The family of David Kelly, the British scientist at the center of a row over intelligence over Iraqi weapons who was found dead on Friday, has issued a statement. This is the full text:

We are utterly devastated and heartbroken by the death of our husband, father and brother.

We loved him very much and will miss his warmth, humor and humanity.

Those who knew him will remember him for his devotion to his home, family and the community and countryside in which he lived.

A loving, private and dignified man has been taken from us all.

David's professional life was characterised by his integrity, honor and dedication to finding the truth, often in the most difficult of circumstances.

His expertise was unique and universally respected and his life and achievements will always be a source of great pride to us.

Events over recent weeks made David's life intolerable and all of those involved should reflect long and hard on this fact.

We have been deeply moved by the many expressions of support from friends, family and the local community. We would also like to pay tribute to the professionalism and compassion of the officers of the Thames Valley Police force.

It is hard to comprehend the enormity of this tragedy.

We appeal now to everyone to afford us the privacy to grieve in peace and to come to terms with our loss.


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