Coroner rules Gosport man’s death as a ‘tragic accident’

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A MAN from Gosport who was found hanging died of a ‘tragic accident’, a coroner has ruled.

Kenneth Whitear was found at Claudia Court, in Gosport, on November 3 last year.

Evidence at the inquest revealed that the dad-of-three went to a party and was drinking.

He was seen bickering with his former partner and left shortly afterwards at around 3am.

Mr Whitear was found by a cyclist at around 6am.

Paramedics were called to the scene and he was pronounced dead.

But after hearing reports from his family, coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire David Horsley ruled the death as an accident.

He said: ‘Kenneth had no history of depression and with the level of alcohol in his body, he wouldn’t have been able to make a decision on whether he wanted to die.

‘His death was a tragic accident.’