Alcohol a factor in death

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YEARS of alcohol abuse contributed to the death of a Fareham man, an inquest heard.

Christopher Rock, 64, was found dead at his home in Derlyn Road, on December 23, last year.

Mr Rock, a retired computer engineer, had been living on his own for 11 years.

A pathologist’s report said the effects of taking alcohol and painkillers had led to the erosion of the oesophagus going to the stomach.

Recording a natural causes verdict, David Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire, said: ‘Christopher had been an alcoholic for 25 years.

‘His health had been deteriorating since summer 2010 and he was receiving treatment for sclerosis to the liver.

‘His death was a combination of things, including his long-term drinking. He died due to natural causes.’