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FORMER BOXER DIED OF HEROIN OVERDOSE; 'I've given up drugs' father told.

Byline: Lisa Jones

A FORMER amateur boxer told his father he had given up heroin for good and was training again.

But Adrian Gunter, 22, collapsed at a friend's flat in Park Place, Gilfach, Bargoed, on April 20 last year.

He was taken to Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, where he was pronounced dead.

Merthyr coroner's court heard a statement from Paul Anthony Gunter, Adrian's father, who said his son had stopped boxing in 1997 - after he was involved in a road accident.

He subsequently began using heroin.

Mr Gunter, of Gilfach Street, Bargoed, had been sharing a flat with a friend at Cardiff Road in the town.

A few days before his death, he went to his father's house and borrowed pounds 15.

He said he had stopped using drugs and had resumed boxing training.

Dr Steven Leadbeater, consultant forensic pathologist for the Home Office, said there were old needle marks on Mr Gunter's arms and 0.13mg of heroin per litre in his system - a lethal dose. Dr Leadbeater said: 'If he was coming off heroin then he would lose quite rapidly any tolerance to a drug.'

The doctor said the cause of Mr Gunter's death was heroin toxicity.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Philip Walters said: 'If Adrian had come off heroin and had been tempted to try it again, the tolerance level would not have been quite so good.'
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Date:Jul 29, 2003
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