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Inquest hears man died after taking cocaine and alcohol
10:30am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A man found dead in an alley had consumed cocaine and alcohol and had a heart condition, an inquest heard.
Jamie Bell, 33, of Oust Close, Witham, was found by passers-by near the Cherry Tree pub, in Cressing Way, Witham, on Sunday, March 24 at 12.15am.
He was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, but died a few hours later.
An inquest heard he had been drinking from about 3pm on Saturday, March 23.
Staff at the Cherry Tree called a taxi for him at about 11pm, but he did not get in the cab.
A post-mortem examination found he had an existing heart condition, which contributed to his death.
Tests also found, at the time of his death, he was four times the drink-drive limit and there was cannabis and cocaine in his system.
Deputy coroner Eleanor McGann ruled his death was caused by a misuse of cocaine and alcohol.
Mr Bell, who lived with his grandfather, was a former Rickstones school pupil and had studied sports science at university.
He went on the work at Braintree IT form RDC.
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