‘Gen­tle gi­ant’ died of heroin over­dose

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A TROU­BLED man who led a chaotic life­style died from a heroin over­dose, an in­quest heard.

Michael Robert Cun­ning­ham, 34, suf­fered men­tal health prob­lems in­clud­ing de­pres­sion, anxiety and para­noia, the in­quest at Mac­cles­field Town Hall heard.

His prob­lems were made worse by tak­ing drugs and he at­tended drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices.

The dad of two lived in a flat on Glegg Street, Mac­cles­field, where he received care from sup­port work­ers.

And sup­port staff and Michael’s mum Su­san Cooke told the in­quest he was show­ing signs of im­prove­ment.

Mrs Cooke said: “I saw him a cou­ple of months be­fore he died and he was quite pos­i­tive about the fu­ture.” But on Sep­tem­ber 5 last year Michael’s car­ers be­came con­cerned when he didn’t leave his room in the morn­ing and failed to an­swer his door.

Staff gained en­try to his room and found him slumped on the floor at the end of his bed.

He had a sy­ringe in his hand and there was other drug para­pher­na­lia in the room, the court was told.

Paramedics at­tended but he was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Coroner Janet Napier said he died from heroin tox­i­c­ity, due to mis­ad­ven­ture.

She said: “This is ter­ri­bly, ter­ri­bly sad. He was a very in­tel­li­gent young man who had ma­jor prob­lems and a chaotic life­style.

“This shows the ter­ri­ble ef­fects of drugs and men­tal health is­sues.

“He seemed to be more sta­ble but the drug habit was still there.”

Af­ter the in­quest, his mum said son was a ‘gen­tle gi­ant’, adding: “Michael was lov­ing and con­sid­er­ate.

“He’d give you his last 50p. Once you met Michael, you’d never for­get him.”

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