The president of the Criminal Bar Association says the death of the high profile lawyer Greg King is a huge loss to the profession.
Mr King, 43, was found dead in Wellington on Saturday. The death has been referred to the coroner.
The president of the Criminal Bar Association, Tony Bouchier, says while he had seen incredible work from Mr King he hadn't seen half of what he believes Mr King was capable of.
"He had a huge personality. He was a great communicator. He was a fearless advocate for all his clients and his door was always open ... if anybody needed help. He was just a generally good guy and a very, very good criminal barrister."
Spokesperson for Mr King's family Frances Jones says his wife and two young children are in a "terrible state of shock".
Greg King had been a barrister since 1993.
Among the well-known people Mr King defended were John Barlow, Scott Watson and Clayton Weatherston who were convicted of murder.
He recently led the successful defence of Ewen Macdonald, who was accused of murdering his brother-in-law, Feilding farmer Scott Guy.
Detective Inspector Basham says Mr King was respected among police staff.
Greg King also worked in the media, presenting TVNZ7 show The Court Report.