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King's Lynn man's death was drug-related, inquest told




A 45-year-old Lynn man’s death was drug-related, an inquest has heard this week.

Shane Southgate, of Friars Street, died on May 6 last year at his address in Friars Street, the inquest in Norwich heard on Wednesday.

The hearing was told that Mr Southgate had recently come out of prison and was living with his mother, Patricia Southgate.

Inquest report (33282111)
Inquest report (33282111)

Mrs Southgate said, in a statement read to the court, that she had a “really good relationship” with her son and became worried about him on May 6 as she had not heard from him, which was “out of character”.

The court heard when they were able to gain access to the flat, they found him “slumped” over.

His father Paul Southgate started CPR and an ambulance was called. Mrs Southgate said she wept next to her son as the paramedics continued with CPR.

In a statement, paramedic David Long said Mr Southgate was unresponsive, and after around half an hour of CPR, he “recognised that death had occurred”.

A statement from police, read to the court, said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Assistant coroner for Norfolk Johanna Thompson said Mr Southgate had died “as a consequence of an excessive combination and quantity of various drugs”.

She added: “In these circumstances we have little evidence to know what was going on in Mr Southgate’s mind at the time that he took this overdose.”

She concluded that his death was drug-related.

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