The leading Scottish lawyer and QC Paul McBride has died suddenly while on a visit to Pakistan.
He was reported to have died in his sleep in a hotel room. He was 46.
Mr McBride had a high public profile. Two men are currently on trial in Glasgow accused of sending suspected parcel bombs to Mr McBride and other leading supporters of Celtic football club.
He was a board member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board.
It is understood that Mr McBride was in Pakistan on business.
A statement issued by Jack Irvine on behalf of Mr McBride's family said: "Paul died in his sleep last night in a hotel in Pakistan and at this time we would ask you to respect the privacy of his family.
"There will be no further statement in the meantime."
Mr McBride was appointed a QC at the age of 35, said to be the youngest QC ever appointed in the UK.
He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1988 and has been involved in many high profile criminal cases in Scotland.
Mr Irvine added: "I understand Paul was found dead in bed this morning. He had been in Pakistan for a few days and I am uncertain when he was to return to Scotland.
"The family have asked that they are not troubled at this distressing time."
Mr McBride is a former member of Labour and the Scottish Conservatives.
He left the Scottish Conservatives last June after Ruth Davidson was elected to lead the party north of the border.