The High Sheriff of Cornwall, Anthony Fortescue, has been pronounced dead at his home following a shooting incident.
They say they are currently investigating, but are not treating the death as suspicious.
Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge paid tribute to Mr Fortescue today.
The Boconnoc Spring Fair is underway at Boconnoc House near Lostwithiel in Cornwall. This year the fair is raising money for the Little Harbour Children's Hospice with a variety of exhibitions and stalls.