Princess Anne’s friend Debbie Zurick sought solace with Irish landowner

A dog breeding friend of Princess Anne who was allegedly gunned down by her estranged husband sought solace in the arms of a farmer in Ireland when her marriage collapsed, MailOnline can reveal.

Debbie Zurick, 56, was found with gunshot wounds at her marital home on the Somerset estate where Boris Johnson grew up after her husband John discovered she had a new boyfriend. 

Mr Zurick, 67, then turned the shotgun on himself, according to friends, and died in hospital yesterday.

In the months before her death, Mrs Zurick had left her husband and started a new life in the picturesque village of Ballytrent, Rosslare, where she was comforted by wealthy landowner Jamie Ryan.

Debbie Zurick – a dog breeding friend of Princess Anne who was allegedly gunned down by her estranged husband, John – sought solace in the arms of Jamie Ryan (pictured), a farmer in Ireland, when her marriage collapsed, MailOnline can reveal

Wealthy landowner Jamie Ryan (pictured) comforted Mrs Zurick when she moved to RosslareIn the months before her death, Mrs Zurick (pictured) had left her husband and started a new life in the picturesque village of Ballytrent, Rosslare

In the months before her death, Mrs Zurick (right) had left her husband and started a new life in the picturesque village of Ballytrent, Rosslare, where she was comforted by Mr Ryan (left), a wealthy landowner

 Mr Ryan, a keen fisherman in his mid-sixties, is the great grandson of baronet Sir James Power, who was an Irish Liberal politician and governor of the Bank of Ireland and who died in 1877

Debbie Zurick was particularly fond of Mr Ryan’s two donkeys (seen above with her) which roam around the fields of Ballytrent and posted pictures of her hugging them on her Facebook page

Debbie Zurick was particularly fond of Mr Ryan’s two donkeys (seen above with her) which roam around the fields of Ballytrent and posted pictures of her hugging them on her Facebook page

Mrs Zurick had been staying at Mr Ryan’s 18th century mansion (pictured), which has stunning views of the sea, as she contemplated the end of her 30-year marriage

Mrs Zurick had been staying at Mr Ryan’s 18th century mansion (pictured), which has stunning views of the sea, as she contemplated the end of her 30-year marriage

Mrs Zurick had been staying at Mr Ryan’s 18th century mansion, which has stunning views of the sea, as she contemplated the end of her 30-year marriage.

She became a familiar face in the area, walking her dogs and embedding herself in local life as she walked around the three acres surrounding the mansion.

Friends of the couple said Mrs Zurick had become ‘exasperated’ with her husband and moved to a friend’s house in Ireland ‘to get away from it all’.

They say she was happy in the rural surroundings of Ballytrent and was seen by locals shopping at the local SuperValu store for groceries and visiting a local hairdressing salon.

She was particularly fond of Mr Ryan’s two donkeys which roam around the fields of Ballytrent and posted pictures of her hugging them on her Facebook page.

Debbie Zurick (above, with her husband John) was found with gunshot wounds at her marital home on the Somerset estate where Boris Johnson grew up after John discovered she had a new boyfriend

Debbie Zurick (above, with her husband John) was found with gunshot wounds at her marital home on the Somerset estate where Boris Johnson grew up after John discovered she had a new boyfriend

A friend told MailOnline: ‘Debbie and John split up a few months ago and she went to live in Ireland to get away from it all.

‘Jamie was an old friend of both Debbie and John and she enjoyed spending time in Ireland. She was exasperated with their relationship. She needed some time away to clear her head and decide her next move.

‘Debbie returned to the cottage because of the dogs and John had just found out about the new man in her life.’ 

One neighbour said: ‘Debbie wanted a separation. Things came to a head over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been told that she’s dead and that is such awful news – particularly as she seemed to be recovering well from cancer treatment.’

Pictured: Debbie and John Zurick with their dogs. Police have opened a murder probe

Pictured: Debbie and John Zurick with their dogs. Police have opened a murder probe



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