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Coroner rules on death of dad, 39.

A DAD-OF-TWO died after taking an overdose of tablets prescribed for depression, an inquest heard.

Teesside Coroner's Court was told how Christian Leigh Smith had been admitted to James Cook University Hospital on Tuesday, December 6, last year and died later that day.

The 39-year-old had spent the previous day at his Vernon Court home in Stainton catching up with an old friend, the inquest was told.

A GP's report read out said Mr Smith had suffered from anxiety and excessive alcohol consumption.

At 1.18am on December 6 he made a call for medical assistance reporting he had taken a large number of tablets.

He was taken by ambulance to James Cook University Hospital.

Once admitted to accident and emergency Mr Smith suffered a cardiac arrest and resuscitation was carried out for two and a half hours.

Sadly his life could not be saved.

Pathologist Dr Edward Carling gave the cause of death as a drug overdose.

Teesside coroner Michael Sheffield recorded a narrative verdict, within which he said: "I am entirely satisfied from the evidence of Dr Carling that the medical cause of death is drug overdose."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 21, 2012
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