Northern Ireland

Ivan Vaughan's wife says his death in a flood feels like 'a bad dream'

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Media captionIvan Vaughan was on his way home from a gig in County Monaghan when his car became stuck in flood water.

The wife of a former showband singer who died in a flood in County Monaghan has said it feels like she is in the middle of a bad dream.

Irish police believe Ivan Vaughan, whose stage name was Simon Scott, was swept away by flood water after getting out of his car as he returned from Glaslough on Sunday evening.

He was 70 years old and was from Caledon in County Tyrone.

His wife, Letitia, said she could not take in what had happened.

The former showband singer was found at about 11:25 local time at Corraghdown, Glaslough on Monday.

His body was discovered about 10 metres from his car on a flooded road.

"It was 12 o'clock when we got a call from the guards to say they had found his car but no sign of him. That was a bit of a blow," Letitia Vaughan said.

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Image caption Mr Vaughan performed using the stage name Simon Scott

"I was hoping he was safe, he had managed to get out of this and found refuge somewhere."

But she said that the Irish police took her to the scene and the water was at least three quarters of the way up the car.

"I thought he had come off the road and driven into a lake," she said.

"They reckon he got disorientated in the force of the water and it took him. He had tried hard to get out. He could swim. But I would not have made it out."

Mrs Vaughan said she could not believe what had happened.

"It feels a bit like a bad dream and hopefully I will waken up tomorrow or the next day".

She said there was some consolation in the fact that her husband was out doing what he loved.

"He was singing to 9pm. He was doing what he loved. He was not just a singer, he was an entertainer and he really knew how to entertain people," she said.

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Image caption Mr Vaughan performed with the group the Plattermen in the 1960s and 70s and recently worked as a solo artist

Ivan Vaughan was described by a friend as one of "life's true gentlemen".

Vinny O'Donnell said: "He was a good friend of mine and a great entertainer and it's a very, very, very sad loss. especially for his loving family who must be feeling it now just tragically coming up to Christmas," he said.

'Utter shock'

Mr O'Donnell heard about his friend's death from a fellow musician.

"My first thought was pure and utter shock, I couldn't take it in," he said.

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Media captionA friend pays tribute to Mr Vaughan who died in Storm Desmond

He said that in his heyday, Mr Vaughan was "very debonair and very good looking".

"All the women just adored him but he was a very, very talented singer and performer. His one man shows were brilliant, very professional.

"There will be a lot of fans who will be very sad to hear such tragic news.

"He was a pure gentleman, sadly he's gone."

Irish police said Mr Vaughan's death did not appear to be suspicious.

He had been reported missing earlier on Monday morning.

Mr Vaughan performed with the group the Plattermen in the 1960s and 70s and recently worked as a solo artist.

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