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MAD PUP ADAIR IS LAID TO REST; GRIEF FUNERAL OF EX-LOYALIST CHIEF'S SON.

THE funeral of Jonathan Adair jnr - known as Mad Pup - passed off peacefully yesterday despite fears that loyalist paramilitiaries might cause trouble.

Adair Jnr, 32, the son of former loyalist chief Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, was found dead at a property in Templehill, Troon, Ayrshire, on September 10.

The Record revealed he died after taking "blue plague" pills ravaging Scotland.

Shortly before his death, Adair jnr had been released from prison for motoring offences.

His funeral at Holmsford Bridge crematorium, near Irvine, was attended by about 100 people.

The hearse carrying the coffin had flowers spelling out "dad", "son" and "brother".

A number of Adair snr's associates and supporters from Belfast were expected to travel to Scotland for the funeral despite "warnings" from loyalist paramilitaries to stay away.

Adair snr told a paper on Friday: "I just want to bury my son. I want to bury him with dignity and in peace. The support I have had from back home has been overwhelming.

"If a few individuals are trying to stop people attending, it's because they are afraid of me."

Adair snr was a prominent figure in the Ulster Defence Association during the Troubles in Northern Ireland but his reign ended in a feud.

The Record told yesterday how the pills thought to have been taken by Adair jnr are believed to have killed scores of Scots. We also revealed the pal who found Adair jnr dead lost her life in a suspected overdose four days later.

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MOURNING Hearse carries the coffin of Jonathan Adair to funeral service at crematorium in Irvine, Ayrshire, yesterday

Jonathan's body BITTER PILL Record told yesterday of lethal dose yaken by Adair jnr

VICTIM Adair jnr, top, was warned about drugs by his father

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