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An alleged mobster from Ireland who was abducted by Irish-based Irish gangsters in the United Kingdom has died of his injuries, his family said.
The Irish Examiner reports that the family of Michael McGrath, who was allegedly killed on a Dublin street in 2014, said that McGrath was found dead in a car at the foot of a motorway in Southport on Monday.
He had been missing since November 2014.
McGrath had been the subject of a lengthy police investigation into the alleged killing of Irish mobsters Anthony Deeks, Brian Fergus and Brian Ryan.
McGrattons alleged victim, Michael McGrattan, is pictured in this still from a video from a CCTV camera taken in October 2015.
Irish-born Michael McGratto, 53, is believed to have been abducted and killed in London in October 2014.
He was found in the city’s Hammersmith area.
His body was taken to hospital and has been placed in the City of London Police Forensic Institute where his family has now been told he died from a suspected heart attack.
McGratts family has said he was murdered by two members of a gang who abducted him in a bid to kill him.
He is understood to have suffered a heart attack before he was taken from the scene.
McGratto was allegedly abducted on a road near his home in the East End of London on the evening of November 15, 2014, as he was returning from a night out with friends.
He went to a nearby bar and was asked to give his name and address.
When he refused, they allegedly took him to a house in the nearby Borough Market, where he was beaten and tortured, according to the Irish Examiner.
A police spokesman said police were investigating the death.
In November 2014, McGrath allegedly went on to kidnap Ryan and Fergus, whom he had kidnapped earlier in the night.
McGritts alleged victim was also taken by the gang.
He later told police that he and his family were told to leave the city, the Irish Independent reports.
Ryan, 28, and Fergs, 30, were found dead at the scene in November 2014 by their friends.
Ryan had died in hospital from his injuries.
Michael McGratta, 53 Source: The Irish Independent / Facebook McGrattath’s alleged victim had been taken by Irish gang members after a night in London on October 15, according a statement from his family.
McGratons family have said he had been kidnapped and killed.
In October 2014, Michael, who had a history of alcohol and drug problems, was taken away in a white van by two men and taken to a flat in the South London neighbourhood of Barking.
A few days later, he was allegedly kidnapped and murdered.
McGratta was then believed to be in a van driven by another gang member.
He died at the hospital.
He left behind a wife and son and had a daughter, according the Irish Times.
McGrttans death has sparked renewed interest in the case of Michael and his alleged victim.
The case of McGrath’s kidnapping is the latest in a string of recent disappearances of Irish gangland members who have turned up in Britain.
The police investigation has been followed by the publication of new information on the alleged killings of two other gang members who were killed by Irish mob boss and convicted gangster Anthony Deek in 2015.
Deeks was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2016 after being convicted of murder.
He has since been released from prison.