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A fit and healthy young man died following a ‘perfect storm’ of a reaction to sports supplements and ibuprofen, causing him to collapse as he ran a marathon, a coroner has concluded.

Sam Harper Brighouse, 23, fell ill around 16 miles into the Brighton Marathon in East Sussex on April 14.

The biology graduate of Forest Hill, south-east London, was running the marathon for the Southsea-based Arms Around The Child charity which supports Aids orphans.

Brighton and Hove Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley ruled that Mr Harper Brighouse died of bowel ischaemia and a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage.

He took two or four ibuprofen tablets during the race as well as the sports supplements, the inquest heard.

The coroner said: ‘From the point of his collapse there was nothing that could have been done to help Sam. There is no evidence that any other death has occurred in the same circumstances as Sam’s did.’

Recording a verdict of misadventure, she added that Sam had done nothing risky.

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