The SNP official who made abusive online comments about former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has refused to break his silence over the row.
Brian Smith resigned his membership of the party just a day after stepping down as convener of its Skye and Lochalsh branch.
During the run-up to election, Mr Smith used social media to called Mr Kennedy a “drunken slob” and “quisling-in-chief”.
Mr Kennedy, who was an MP for 32 years, lost his seat to the SNP’s Ian Blackford at the general election on May 7.
The messages were sent before Mr Kennedy’s death at the age of 55 on June 1.
The former MP had struggled with alcoholism for many years.
His death was caused by a major haemorrhage linked to alcohol abuse.
He was buried in Lochaber on Friday after a funeral attended by hundreds of people.
Mr Smith is understood to be a former police officer.
He resigned his position as convener of the SNP’s Skye and Lochalsh branch on Thursday.
Yesterday Mr Smith, of Skye, said: “I have nothing to say to newspapers.”
There have been calls for the SNP to take action against so-called “cybernats”
A spokesman for the party said that Mr Smith accepted that his comments were “inappropriate”.
He added: “Mr Smith has resigned from the party and is therefore no longer a member – we are absolutely clear that political debate must always be respectful.”