An SNP official who sent more than 130 abusive Twitter messages to the late Charles Kennedy in the run-up to the general election has resigned.
Brian Smith, who was convener of the SNP Skye and Lochalsh branch, described the former Liberal Democrat leader as "quisling" and a "drunken slob" in the messages, the Daily Mail reported.
Mr Kennedy lost his seat in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency to the SNP's Ian Blackford in last month's election.
Mr Smith was spoken to and accepts that his comments during the campaign were entirely inappropriate - as a result, he has resigned as convener of the Skye and Lochalsh branch.
...Today is a day to remember Charles Kennedy with respect and dignity.
Mr Smith, who is a former policeman, according to the Daily Record, had never been been employed by Mr Blackford in any capacity, the SNP spokesman said.
His Twitter account @lobsterferret has now been deleted.
Mr Kennedy, a father of one, died suddenly at his home on June 1 at the age of 55. He had suffered a major haemorrhage as a result of a long battle with alcoholism.
His funeral is due to take place near his Highland home today.
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