JP McManus has withdrawn all nine of his runners scheduled for New Year's Eve following reports that his daughter-in-law has died at the age of 40 on a family holiday in Barbados.
Emma, wife to McManus' son John, was allegedly rushed to a medical centre after falling ill but was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning.
She had been staying with the McManus family in a private villa in the Caribbean country.
A family friend named Declan Moylan told Extra.ie : "I’ve just heard it two minutes ago from my daughter, terrible news, unbelievable.
"They’re pretty shaken up by it, it’s unbelievable. Oh my God, terrible. I don’t know how John is, I just got a quick phone call."
The Royal Barbados Police are investigating the incident, but do not suspect foul play.
An officer said: "She was at the medical centre when she passed away. She took sick and was taken there.
"We don’t know what sickness she had – the doctor has to deal with that – but she wasn’t feeling well and went to the medical centre, that’s where we got the call and we responded. It’s being treated as a sudden death but there is no suspicion of foul play."
Emma and John were childhood sweethearts in Limerick and had recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary together.
They got married in Portugal in 2010 and lived together in a luxury house in Chelsea, while they have an eight-year-old daughter named Millie.
Emma is the daughter of Peter Ledbetter, a former international tennis player.
As a result of the tragic news all nine of McManus' runners for December 31st have been scratched, including the 152-rated hurdler Darasso, who was due to run in the feature race at Punchestown.
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