Unknown heart problem could have led to death

HEART TROUBLE 'Mitchell Davies, from Waterlooville, who helped build the Spinnaker Tower has died aged 54
HEART TROUBLE 'Mitchell Davies, from Waterlooville, who helped build the Spinnaker Tower has died aged 54
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MITCHELL Davies was a fit and healthy family-loving man who helped to build the Spinnaker Tower.

But his devastated relatives have been left shocked and baffled by his sudden death.

An inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall heard that Mr Davies – who was known as Mitch and worked as a roofing inspector – was found lying in a pool of blood in the downstairs toilet of his home in Orsmond Close, Waterlooville.

Paramedics and police were called to the house on the morning of September 11 last year, but the 54-year-old dad-of-six was pronounced dead at the scene.

His daughter Nicola Williams, 31, of Nutwick Road, Denvilles, Havant, said: ‘It came as a massive shock to us when he was found and what happened that morning.

‘It’s a year next month, but it still feels like yesterday.’

The inquest heard that Mr Davies never complained of any significant health problems.

He and his partner Lynne Moore watched television the night before he died and Mitch decided to sleep on the sofa as his back was playing up.

At about 9am the next day Ms Moore woke up and heard Mr Davies’ mobile phone ringing.

Ms Moore found the downstairs’ toilet locked and she and her son, Ellis, managed to break down the door.

Mr Davies, who worked at Lakesmere, a roofing firm in Winchester, was found on the floor and had hit his head, the inquest heard.

PC Kevin Page, based at Waterlooville, said: ‘It was a very small room. It would be difficult to trip in there I would suggest.’

He added that the floor did not appear to be slippery.

On the day of his death Mr Davies had been due to drive to Heathrow Airport, where he was helping to build a new terminal.

A pathologist’s report concluded his death had been caused by bleeding on the brain. The report added: ‘The left coronary artery was blocked by 80 per cent which is pretty substantial.’

Coroner David Horsley concluded that Mitch’s heart problem, which had never been detected, could have led him to have a sudden chest pain that caused him to fall or black out.

He said: ‘It’s most likely that the underlying culprit for all this is the coronary artery disease.

He added: ‘He would not have been aware.

‘As soon as he hit his head he would have been rendered unconscious.’

Recording a verdict of accidental death, he said: ‘There’s nothing anyone could have done to prevent it because he did not have any symptoms.’

He urged the family to get checked for heart issues.

Nicola told The News: ‘He was a very calm person who loved family life. He was a hard-working man who loved his job. He was fantastically proud of the Spinnaker Tower.

‘My husband and he helped to put in the glass floor. I used to laugh “I am not walking on that glass floor because I know who’s done it!”. Obviously it was perfectly safe.

‘We all used to call him Super Mitch. He was like an encyclopaedia.

‘If you ever had a question that needed answering, he knew something about everything.’