In­quest is told man died af­ter tak­ing a ‘toxic’ drug mix­ture

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APOPULAR man died af­ter tak­ing a toxic mix­ture of ec­stasy, co­caine, am­phet­a­mines and mor­phine, an in­quest heard.

Michael Den­ni­son, known as ‘Denny’, stopped breath­ing at his flat on Moorgate in Ac­cring­ton last Fe­bru­ary - af­ter go­ing to a con­cert with his part­ner to cel­e­brate her birth­day.

Paramedics spent more than hour try­ing to re­vive and sta­bilise him but he died the next day at Royal Black­burn, aged 55.

Pre­ston Coroners Court heard how the guil­lo­tine op­er­a­tor had pre­vi­ously had heart at­tacks and em­bolisms, was di­ag­nosed with ang­ina and had been suf­fer­ing with short­ness of breath.

Pathol­o­gist Dr Richard Prescott said a post­mortem ex­am­i­na­tion found ‘toxic’ lev­els of ec­stasy, co­caine, am­phet­a­mines and mor­phine in his blood and the ‘ef­fects mul­ti­plied ex­po­nen­tially’.

Mr Den­ni­son’s fam­ily told the in­quest that he had never taken mor­phine be­fore but did use ‘recre­ational drugs’.

Dr Prescott said: “If it’s the first time he has taken it then it’s a huge dose and fa­tal.”

Mr Den­ni­son’s part­ner Laura Ware told the in­quest they had gone to a gig in Manch­ester on Fe­bru­ary 25, and re­turned to his flat af­ter 2am.

The in­quest heard Mr Den­ni­son drank ‘one or two’ cans of lager be­fore his land­lord came round and they were chat­ting and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic.

Ms Ware said Mr Den­ni­son later fell asleep on the sofa for a few hours but she couldn’t say ex­actly for how long and she later be­came con­cerned when he wasn’t wak­ing up.

She told the in­quest that she found ‘ brown pow­der’ on the cof­fee ta­ble and around the same time he stopped breath­ing.

Ms Ware said she had not seen him take any drugs at the gig or since they re­turned to his flat.

Emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived at around 10.40pm and one para­medic found ‘teddy bear’ ec­stasy tablets on an­other ta­ble.

A friend told the in­quest: “We are very sad at the cir­cum­stances. “He was a good man. “Even though he took drugs it didn’t mean he wasn’t a good friend and he was very loved.”

Coro­ner James New­man recorded a con­clu­sion of mis­ad­ven­ture.

He said: “There are dif­fi­cul­ties in this case and there are in­con­sis­ten­cies and mat­ters that don’t en­tirely add up.

“We may never know the ex­act cir­cum­stances of Denny’s death.”

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