Havant mum pays tribute to her son who died aged just 43

MOTHER Kathleen MacSwayne
MOTHER Kathleen MacSwayne

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A MUM has paid tribute to her son who died suddenly after battling obesity.

Andrew MacSwayne was found dead in his bed on November 23 last year.

CLOSE Kathleen MacSwayne with her late son Andrew

CLOSE Kathleen MacSwayne with her late son Andrew

The 43-year-old from Prospect Lane in Havant was schizophrenic and had become very overweight in the last few years of his life.

In a post mortem, the cause of death was given as sudden unexplained death in obesity.

His mum Kathleen MacSwayne, 72, from Abbas Green in Havant, said: ‘I loved his personality. He had a very kind heart. He was very kind and thoughtful.

‘If you were ever in trouble he was right by your side. He was a very easy person to talk to. He used to like coming round here. I miss his companionship.

‘He did a lot of good for people. We were close because he was so easy to be with.

‘I believe he was one of these people put on this earth to open our eyes and see goodness in people.

‘He wanted, like all of us, to be accepted as each other’s equal.’

Andrew enjoyed using computers and was fascinated by cars.

He had a brother, David, and two sisters Ruth and Jane.

Kathleen said it was a huge shock to lose her son at the age of just 43.

‘I felt dazed,’ she said. ‘I was like that for about three or four months.

‘When he first died I was just crying and screaming out for my son.

‘I’m in shock half of the time now.

‘He liked coming round here.

‘It was somewhere different. Here, he could stay and he could be himself. He was just a laid back, gentle man. He was the apple of my eye.’

David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, recorded a verdict of natural causes at the inquest into Andrew’s death last week.

He said: ‘I think what is probable is that we have simply a sudden unexpected death in obesity.

‘On the basis of that I think I have to conclude that his death is due to natural causes. All of the evidence concludes that that is most likely.’