Celebrity photographer Matt Irwin took his own life, his family says

Matt Irwin

Celebrity photographer Matt Irwin took his own life, it's been revealed by those closest to him.

His family has put out a statement describing him as "an extraordinary, beautiful man who will be terribly missed".

The 36-year-old photographed and became friends with One Direction, as well as taking pictures of some of the biggest stars in the entertainment and music industries.

He was found dead last week.

Matt began capturing images when he was 15 after a friend gave him a camera, which he still used until his death.

In a statement his family said: "We are tremendously proud of Matt. He pursued his goals with passion, enthusiasm and warm-heartedness.

"We are devastated that he took his own life.

"Matt was extremely talented, but he was also kind and generous; an extraordinary, beautiful man who will be terribly missed by us, and by his many friends."

He used his Instagram account to showcase the artists he was working with.

He also shared a shot of Harry Styles on his birthday earlier this year.

And less than two months ago he was with Rita Ora.

He also worked with Nicki Minaj and Kylie Minogue.

Directioners and fans have been sharing their favourite Matt Irwin pictures online.

Artists who worked with Irwin are also sharing their memories on social media.

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