Mum speaks of heartache after son is found dead in flat

Marc Mazure who was found dead at a flat in Norfolk Crescent, Hayling Island
Marc Mazure who was found dead at a flat in Norfolk Crescent, Hayling Island
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  • Inquest heard Marc Mazure died from lethal combination of drugs
  • Fifty-year-old was a ‘gentle, intelligent soul’ who battled addiction
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A MOTHER has spoken of her devastation and the danger of drugs after losing her son.

Susan Somerset-Larsson has been left heartbroken after her son Marc Mazure died suddenly.

She said her son was a ‘gentle, intelligent soul’ who was a talented artist.

The 50-year-old collapsed at a flat in Norfolk Crescent, Hayling Island, after taking drugs.

An inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall heard Marc got into recreational drugs while travelling around America, where he grew up.

The coroner was told Marc, who was living in Petersfield with his mum, took the train to Havant on the morning of March 19 last year to see friends on Hayling.

After going into a basement flat for about 15 minutes, he collapsed and could not be revived.

When paramedics arrived, there were two people with him.

But, despite attempts by the police, they have not been able to interview the people who were with Marc in his final moments.

Detective Constable Chris Hudson, from Portsmouth CID, said: ‘There were no signs of any struggle.’

Pathologist Barbara Borek said several drugs were found in Marc’s system, including morphine derived from street heroin, alcohol, painkillers, diazepam and medication for schizophrenia, which Marc was diagnosed with 30 years ago.

None were in large quantities.

But she said: ‘Because he has taken a number of compounds that depress breathing, the most likely thing is these things acting together caused him to stop breathing, ultimately having a cardiac arrest.’

Coroner David Horsley ruled it was a drug-related death, taking into account his psychiatric illness.

Susan told The News: ‘I am absolutely devastated. For people who were around him to not come forward, it’s awful that they won’t talk to police to explain what happened.

‘He was in a place where he needed drugs. He couldn’t get away from it. You don’t realise how lucky you are to not need the next drink or drugs.’

She added: ‘He was fit. When I saw him off, I said “you take good care, Marc”. He said “bye mum”. I miss him.’