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Abbott Government MP Don Randall Found Dead

Randall, 62, died in his electorate of a suspected heart attack.

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Randall, 62, was found dead of a suspected heart attack in the town of Boddington, south of Perth on Tuesday afternoon, Fairfax reports.

WA police have confirmed that a 62-year-old man was found dead on Tuesday.

"Just before 3pm this afternoon, WA Police were advised that a 62-year-old man had been found unresponsive in his vehicle on Club Drive in Boddington."

"Police and SJA attended but tragically the man was found deceased."

"The death is being investigated by WA Police and there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances at this stage."

The outspoken MP gained notoriety in February this year when he was one of two MPs to move a spill motion against Tony Abbott.

Mr Randall was first elected to the seat of Canning at John Howard's 1996 landslide win before losing his seat at the 1998 election. He re-entered parliament in 2001 and has held the seat ever since.

In opposition, Randall served in the shadow energy and resources, roads and transport and local government portfolios.

"He was a mentor to many and integral to the success of our party in the state of Western Australia," Mr Abbott said in a statement. "All his colleagues will mourn his passing and honour the contribution that he has made."

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also paid his condolences.

My deepest sympathies to the family & many friends of Don Randall. Don was a thoroughly good and decent bloke.

"He was a thoroughly good and decent bloke. West Australian through and through, Don was rightly proud of his fierce advocacy for his state and the people of Canning," Shorten said.

Abbott government MPs have paid tribute to Randall on Twitter.

Absolutely shocked and devastated to hear about Don Randall. A very good man. My heartfelt condolences to family,friends and colleagues.

I can't believe that my very close mate, Don Randall has died. We came in together in '96, he was a great man, an outstanding local member

My thoughts and prayer are with Julie Randall and Don's family. They can be very proud of the contribution Don made to our parliament

I will miss cooking for my mate Don Randall his favourite, chilli con carne, sharing a nice Shiraz , and the smell of his Cuban cigars, RIP

Terribly shocked & saddened by Don Randall's passing. My deepest sympathies to Don's family. He was a great bloke. I'll really miss him

Very sad to hear about Don. A strong local member, a great campaigner, he always spoke his mind. A good man who will be greatly missed. RIP

Vale Don Randall. A good friend and colleague. I will miss him. #DonRandall #auspol

On the day family & friends farewelled Alby Schultz it's hard to believe another great political character has passed away. Vale Don Randall

Don Randall was a great champion for his electorate and Western Australia. We will miss his determination persistence and friendship

Awful news that WA MP Don Randall has passed away. Gone too soon. Condolences to his family and large circle of friends.

Randall is survived by his wife Julie and two children.

Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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