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Alcohol led to death; Inquest told of woman's depression.

Byline: ANDY PASSANT

A WOMAN who was found dead at her home had a chronic alcohol problem, an inquest heard.

Denise Musgrove was only 52 when she died suddenly at her Wynyard home.

Police launched an investigation after Mrs Musgrove's death at the marital home in Mountstewart.

Her husband Leslie was distraught after making the shocking discovery on May 19 this year. He tried to get a response from her without success before realising there was something seriously wrong.

Mr Musgrove alerted emergency services and tried to revive his wife before paramedics arrived. Medics continued efforts to resuscitate her, but to no avail.

An inquest heard how Mrs Musgrove had suffered from depression and also had a drink problem. She had been taking anti-depressants for a number of years.

Her husband told the inquest he noticed her drinking had got worse. There were times it would affect her badly, causing her to fall, and she sometimes required hospital admission.

Mr Musgrove said his wife was "always crying, always depressed".

Detective Sergeant Kenneth Clarke, of Cleveland Police, said they found no suspicious circumstances. Home Office pathologist Dr Nigel Cooper said he found a number of bruises but most of these were old.

Despite carrying out a full post-mortem examination, he was unable to establish a single definite cause of death. But Dr Cooper said in his opinion the cause, on the balance of probability, was chronic alcohol abuse.

He added there was nothing to suggest she had been the victim of any violence.

Coroner Michael Sheffield said the marriage had been a happy one but sadly things had got difficult, with Mrs Musgrove's alcohol addiction causing considerable problems. Mr Sheffield said he was satisfied Mrs Musgrove died as a result of chronic alcohol abuse.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 24, 2010
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