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Mystery of wife's death is solved.

AN INQUEST has shed some light on the death of a woman.

Lesley Helen Hooker died by her husband Mark's side as they slept at their home in Cambrian Road, Billingham in June.

Mr Hooker woke to find his wife laying at an angle and raised the alarm, but she was later pronounced dead.

Paramedics who were called to the house were unable to explain what could have caused the 42-year-old's death, the inquest at Teesside Crown Court heard.

Pathologist Jan Lowe said a postmortem examination revealed Mrs Hooker had no drugs or drink in her system and her only medical issue was an overactive thyroid.

He told the inquest that he was unable to specify the cause of death "beyond reasonable doubt". But "on the balance of probability" he said complications brought on by the thyroid problem, namely an abnormal heart rate, were likely to have led to Mrs Hooker's death.

Teesside Coroner Michael Sheffield said: "Although perhaps the most likely cause of death was associated with the thyroid problem, there was nothing in the finding that would confirm that from the postmortem examination."

Mr Sheffield recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2009
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