09:48AM, Wednesday 28 November 2012
A recovering alcoholic who had been dry for 18 months died following a seizure at his home, an inquest in Windsor has heard.
David Barnett, 36, of Park View, Grenfell Road, had a history of alcohol dependence but his family said he had kicked the habit and was getting his life back on track.
He was last seen on August 16 when he had been laughing and joking and appeared in good spirits.
But he was unable to attend a family occasion on August 19 and called to say he had been unwell.
His body was discovered by his parents in the bedroom of his Park View flat at about 11.30am on August 23.
They contacted police. Paramedics confirmed his death.
PC Tom Gosling, who attended an inquest at Windsor's Guildhall on Thursday, said in a statement there was no sign of trauma and the death was not treated as suspicious.
Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford, recorded a narrative verdict.
He said: "David had a previous history of alcohol dependence, but he had made a concerted effort to get help.
"His family felt he had addressed his issues and was doing well."
Mr Barnett had previously suffered from seizures after giving up alcohol in 2010.
A post mortem found no evidence of heart attack.
Dr Robert Chapman said Mr Barnett's death was consistent with having a seizure, but said the cause could not be determined. A toxicology report found no alcohol in his body.
Recording his verdict, Mr Bedford said: "David died from a seizure, possibly due to the delayed effect of alcohol withdrawal after a prolonged period of alcohol abstinence."
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