TRIBUTES have been paid to a man found dead in Gosport amid police suspicions he had taken drugs.
David Michael Sharland, 48, was pronounced dead at a flat in Williams Close, Rowner, Gosport, after police and paramedics were called.
It is believed Mr Sharland, who police say lived in St Vincent Road, Gosport, may have been taking drugs with two men before his death on Saturday night.
The other two men – aged 40 and 43 and from Gosport – were arrested on suspicion of murder and later bailed pending further inquiries.
Police are treating Mr Sharland’s death as ‘suspicious’.
Kimberley Way, 22, said Mr Sharland in fact lived at a flat in Williams Close.
She said: ‘I’ve known him for about three and a half years.
‘We all have problems. He was a really nice person to get on with, it’s a shame he died.
‘When I was pregnant he helped me out a lot.
‘He was kind, easy to get on with when not on drugs. He wanted to find someone and settle down.
‘It was the drugs that basically ruined him, he kept going away to get clean.’
A post mortem conducted by a Home Office pathologist on Sunday was inconclusive.
Toxicology tests are now to be carried out on Mr Sharland’s body to check how much and what, if any, alcohol or drugs were in his system.
His next-of-kin and the coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire have been informed of his death.
Miss Way added: ‘The last time I saw him was a month ago and I’m really shocked he’s dead.
‘My son’s dad saw him the day he died and said how things were going.
‘If he wasn’t on the drugs, when he was off, he was outgoing, considerate and lovable but when he was on the drugs, yeah.
‘I was really upset, I broke down, it’s somebody I know. We are shocked.’
Oprah Augustine, 38, also of Williams Close, lived above Mr Sharland’s flat for four years between 2006 and 2010.
He said: ‘I don’t see him as a bad person, not his own fault he just needed help.’
Police say said there is no suggestion of a risk to the community and that they are looking for evidence of drug use in the area, not a weapon.
Call the Operation Hillside team at on 101.