Police suspect suicide after 41-year-old developer Patrick Rocca suffers a single fatal gunshot wound

The body of a wealthy Irish property developer has been found close to his home in Dublin.

Patrick Rocca, 41, had suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, in what is believed to be a suspected suicide, according to the Irish police.

Rocca had an estimated fortune of more than £460m in 2007, and is understood to have completed 20 property deals in the UK with his firm Accorp Properties, worth more than €300m.

The Rocca family was prominent in Ireland, once owning Rocca Tiles, which was sold in 2000. The family retained a 20% stake in the business, but a receiver was appointed to Rocca Tiles and sister company Tilebusters in 2002, and Patrick Rocca moved into property investment.

His company owned UK property assets such as Lloyds Chambers on Portsoken Street in the City of London, Norwich Union House in Sheffield, and Crystal Court near London's City airport.

In April 2007, Rocca bought the 19,000m2 Quadrant House in Surrey from the Rotch Property Group for £65m.