Inquest finds death was alcohol related
A 48-YEAR-old alcoholic could have been comatose for hours before his body was found, an inquest heard last Thursday.
The body of David William Salum, who died on April 13, was found by the owner of water systems supplier 1st 4 Thirst at Bangors Park, Iver.
Beaconsfield Coroners Court heard that Mr Salum, from West Drayton, London, had been feeling ill for a number of days before his death and had had around two weeks off work, complaining that he had been feeling sick.
Mr Salum had only recently become employed and was worried about the impact on his benefits.
Colleague Grahame Taylor, in a statement, said on the day Mr Salum ‘sounded poorly in his voice and didn’t look very well’, and the last time he saw him was 12.30pm.
Mr Pocock said he had last seen Mr Salum at around 10am but noticed he was ‘physically shaking’ and thought he ‘did not look 100%.
The pathologist’s report foud Mr Salum had a pale enlarged liver, fluid on the lungs and that he had marked steatohepatitis.
The report said: “The appearances are in keeping with an active chronic hepatitis with features in keeping with alcohol excess along with early changes of cirrhosis.”
Mr Butler recorded a conclusion death was alcohol related.