Police find man, 47, dead on sofa after forcing their way into Stoke-on-Trent home

Police found a man dead after forcing their way into a home in Stoke-on-Trent. Officers knocked on the door of an address in Station Street, Longport, before smashing the back door when they got no response. They then discovered the body of Daniel Adams lying on the sofa.

There were no marks or bruises and nothing to suggest suspicious circumstances following the death on January 5. Now an inquest into the 47-year-old former forklift truck driver’s death has found he died as a result of SUDAM – sudden unexplained death in alcohol misuse. North Staffordshire Coroners’ Court heard that Daniel had a long history of alcoholism.

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A post mortem failed to find a conclusive cause of death, but it was thought most likely that Mr Adams had died as a result of SUDAM – sudden unexplained death in alcohol misuse.

Daniel’s brother, Tony Adams, said the two had been close as children, but had grown apart in adult life. In a statement, read out at the inquest, Tony said: “Daniel always drank, but in the late 1990s he started to have a drinking problem, where he would drink every day to excess.”

The inquest took place at North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court

The court heard Daniel had left school at 16 and started work as a labourer, becoming a forklift truck driver. He had been exposed to metal dust during this time and had issues with his lungs but had ‘never been diagnosed with anything’.

He also smoked from the age of 16, at least 20 cigarettes a day.

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He was diagnosed with alcoholism in the late 1990s and had been out of work since 2005. During a post mortem examination, pathologist Dr Daniel Gey Van Pittius found some health problems relating to Daniel’s heart and liver, but could not establish an obvious cause of death. Toxicology tests showed Daniel had not taken any drugs apart from paracetamol, but had been drinking.

Recording a verdict of death by ‘natural causes’, North Staffordshire assistant deputy coroner Anthony Curzon told the inquest: “Cardiac arrhythmia is favoured as most likely cause of death.

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“The term SUDAM has been coined. It is applied to unexpected death where there is a history of alcoholism. SUDAM is the most probably cause of death given the findings and the known history.

“The deceased was aged 47 and had an alcohol problem for over 20 years. “Death was not caused by any overdose, but was related to long term alcohol abuse.”

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