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Former city head boy, 31, died in his sleep.

A FORMER head boy of Woodlands School in Coventry died after suffering a heart attack in his sleep, an inquest heard.

Married dad-of-two Michael Hurst was just 31 when he fell ill at his home in Somerset on February 28, and died three days later at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

An inquest at Bristol Coroner's Court said the cause of his death was sudden adult death syndrome, and a verdict of natural causes was given.

Michael was born in Coventry, where he lived with his parents Jackie and Mick and older brother, Scott.

Michael was head boy at Woodlands School, in Broad Lane, who have named a cricket cup in his honour, after he won their batsman of the year title several years running.

He moved to North Somerset eight years ago to live with his girlfriend Nicola, and the couple married in December 2004.

Their son Oliver was born in 2006 and their daughter Matilda in 2008. Michael was an electrical engineer with Wessex Water and was studying for an HNC in electronics.

Nicola said her husband was a "healthy person who kept himself fit and well" and had run two marathons.

A statement from Michael's family said: "Life will not be the same without him."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 8, 2011
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