Relatives of a 66-year-old man who died at home will never know what caused their loved-one’s death.
The body of Paul Hedderman was discovered by the emergency services after one of his neighbours raised the alarm when he had not been seen for a number of days.
Police officers went to his home in Jesmond Grove, Blurton, on March 27 and forced their way in before finding his body in the bathroom.
In a statement read at Mr Hedderman’s inquest, one of the police officers said: “Entry was forced to the property. I went upstairs. A radio had been left on. At the top of the stairs was a bathroom where I found the body of Paul Hedderman.”
Police found the property’s doors and windows were locked from the inside and there was no sign of anyone else having been inside.
A post-mortem examination was carried out, but the pathologist was not able to establish the cause of the OAP’s death.
The post-mortem examination report said: “There was no evidence of trauma.
“It’s not entirely clear what the exact cause of death is. Acute alcohol toxicity is possible but not confirmed. Other medical conditions are not excluded. Ischemic heart disease is a possibility, if not a probability.”
Due to the circumstances, North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy recorded an open conclusion.
She said: “The deceased had not been seen for a few days. Police gained entry to his secure property and he was found dead in the bathroom.
“He had no relevant medical history but was known to drink to excess. Significant ischemic heart disease was identified but the cause of death was unascertained.
“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to friends and family of Mr Hedderman.”