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Shine band brother died in fall after drinks.

The brother of Irish singer Brendan Shine was found dead at his Birmingham hotel after a night out drinking, an inquest was told yesterday.

Mr Owen Shine, band leader and musical director of his brother's band, was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs at the hotel where he was staying on November 5 last year.

Mr Shine, a married man aged 44, of County Westmeath, Eire, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Birmingham coroner was told.

A the opening of the inquest in Birmingham in November last year Brendan Shine had said the band, which was on tour, had been staying at the Rossmore Hotel in Gravelly Hill North, Erdington, "on and off" for about ten years.

He said he saw his brother at about 8pm on November 4 but did not go out drinking with him.

Mr Shine was found dead by hotel owner Mrs Rosaleen Connolly at about 6.55am the following morning.

Tests showed he was about three-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit and had suffered injuries including a fractured skull.

The hearing was told that Mr Shine and band member Mr Gary Martin had been out drinking until about 1.30am and Mr Shine had needed help to climb the stairs when they returned to the hotel.

Mr Martin said he then went to his own room and was not aware anything was wrong until the following morning.

Mrs Connolly said Mr Shine was fully dressed when she found him and other hotel guests who saw him dead on the stairs thought he was asleep.

She said he had got up at about 4pm the previous day and had eaten a meal before staging a band rehearsal at the hotel.

Mrs Connolly said he went out later in the evening before letting himself back into the hotel with a key she had given to band members.

The inquest heard Mr Shine had suffered from chronic alcoholism for many years and had previously gone on a therapy course to deal with the problem.

Birmingham Coroner Dr Richard Whittington recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

He said he believed Mr Shine had been "very drunk" when he returned to the hotel and was fatally injured falling down a flight of stairs after he had been helped to his room.

"He had a very serious head injury. I don't think there is anything anyone could have done to save his life," Dr Whittington added.
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