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Mouse Morris shock at son's death

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The son of trainer Mouse Morris has died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while travelling in South America.

Christopher Morris was in Argentina after touring for several months and had plans to return to Ireland to open a restaurant.

A chef, from Fethard, County Tipperary, he was found dead in an apartment in the city of Las Heras in Mendoza on Monday along with another man, named locally as 37-year-old Diego Suarez.

Mouse Morris said the family were devastated and struggling to accept their loss.

"He was my son, he was the best," said the Gold Cup-winning handler.

"He was the only person who had his head screwed on. We're devastated. It's shocking.

"It's unbelievable, I just can't believe it."

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It is understood a friend contacted the Morris family on Monday to break the news.

Consular staff from the Department of Foreign Affairs have been liaising with them since but it is not clear when they will be able to repatriate his body.

Known as Tiffer to some of his friends, Christopher had been working as a chef for several years, recently in Kildare.

Morris said his son went off travelling several months ago as a final fling before settling down and opening his own restaurant.

"He wanted to open up his own restaurant," the trainer said.

"He'd been working for seven or eight years and wanted to do this, to get away, before he settled down.

"He just wanted to get it out of his system and get ideas for the business and for the menus."

Mouse Morris said authorities said they were investigating if the two men died in the apartment after inhaling carbon monoxide.

Local media reported a neighbour raising the alarm after seeing water coming under the door of the apartment on Monday and no-one responding to knocks.

Mr Morris was found lying on a bed and Mr Suarez in the bathroom.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said officials were aware of the case and were providing consular assistance to the family.

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