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Dad-of-six had fatal levels of cocaine in body; INQUEST AFTER 32-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN HIS FLAT.

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A FATHER-OF-SIX found dead at home with an Xbox controller in his hand had fatal levels of cocaine in his body, an inquest heard.

Charles George Harrison, known as Charlie, was found unresponsive by police on February 20.

Concerns had been raised for the 32-year-old South Bank man after he failed to contact his family for several days.

A statement from Mr Harrison's close friend Krista Coulson, 35, was read out at the hearing at Teesside Coroner's Court on Wednesday.

The inquest heard that he had struggled with drug addiction for many years, but did not inject drugs or drink alcohol.

His children were in sole custody of their mother.

On February 18, Ms Coulson saw Mr Harrison as she was driving and saw him with an unknown man.

That was the last time she saw him alive.

Two days later, when Mr Harrison had failed to contact his family, police were called to force entry to his flat.

He was found unresponsive on the sofa of his home on Beaver Court, South Bank, at around 6pm.

A post-mortem examination found that levels of cocaine in his body were those "associated with fatality".

Heroin and diamorphine were also discovered.

Jo Wharton, assistant coroner, said: "The evidence does reveal that Charles George Harrison, a 32-year-old gentleman, much loved son, brother, and uncle, was last seen alive on February 18 by a friend. Family grew concerned as he was not answering his phone.

"Charles George Harrison died on February 20, 2017 at his home address and the cause of his death was drug related."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 26, 2017
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