Naomi Long MP said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Paul Goggins. He was a true gentleman who had a heart for and interest in Northern Ireland that outlasted his time as Minister of State. He served the public in Northern Ireland and in his constituency with integrity and grace.
“He is a huge loss and will be genuinely missed by those of us who knew him personally and many more who never had that privilege, but benefited from his work and commitment.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”