A MAN described as having a ‘heart of gold’ kept his homelessness a secret from his family, an inquest heard.
The inquiry into the death of Guy Loveday, whose body was found in a bin shed in Fareham earlier this year, heard his family was unaware he was sleeping outside a block of flats.
Guy, 50, was found by a resident of the flats, on Valentine Close, in Fareham, on April 30 this year.
Coroner David Horsley concluded he died of alcohol abuse after a high volume of alcohol was found in his blood.
But Guy’s brother Nick said despite his problems, Guy had a heart of gold.
The 54-year-old, from Titchfield, said: ‘Guy was a nice man. He lost his way in the later part of his life but he had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help his family and friends and I think his popularity showed when around 300 people turned up for his funeral.’ The inquest, held at Portsmouth Guildhall yesterday, heard that Guy was a heavy drinker and was known to people in the flats for sleeping in the bin sheds.
But his family were unaware just how much he was drinking and that he was homeless. His mum Gweneth Campbell-Loveday said in the inquest that he had a key to the back door of her house.
But for reasons unknown he decided to sleep in the shed.
During the inquest, pathologist Dr Basil Purdue said it was the high amount of alcohol in his blood, causing acute alcohol poisoning, that contributed to his death.
High levels of ketoacidosis, a chemical which is released from the body and can become poisonous, was also found in his system and contributed to his death.
Mr Horsley said: ‘I have to rule that Guy died due to long-term abuse of alcohol.’