Tragic death of Burnley man (43)

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A LOVING family man died from heart disease at his home in Burnley.

Mr Timothy Smits (43) was found dead at his home in Lower Tentre on July 15th last year, an inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard.

Mr Smits’ wife of nine years, Karen, told the hearing her husband, who she had known since she was 14, had suffered from panic attacks and arthritis in his hands.

Mrs Smits said he had also taken an overdose three times in the past, which she felt was a cry for help.

She said: “He was happy. He loved his children and grandchildren. He had started running and going to the gym. He had been down about his weight but managed to lose quite a bit.”

Mr Smits had been prescribed tramadaol, and a number of prescription drugs, in low doses, were found in his system when he died.

A post-mortem examination carried out by pathologist Dr Walid Salman found levels of citraline, amitriptyline and alcohol in his system.

However, Dr Salman also found a fresh blood clot which had narrowly blocked the artery, which he gave as the cause of death.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor recorded a verdict of natural causes.