Ex-prison officer died of heart attack

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A RETIRED prison officer was discovered dead in his flat after a friend raised the alarm, saying he hadn’t been seen for a couple of weeks.

David Blight’s body was found by police who went to his flat above Hugs the Jewellers in High Street, Gosport.

The 62-year-old had been living alone since he split from his wife 12 years earlier following the death of one of their sons.

Mr Blight was well known for drinking – three large empty cider bottles were found in the flat, which was otherwise described by the officer on the scene, PC Helen Perryman, as ‘very clean and tidy.’

But a post-mortem revealed he had died of a heart attack.

Mrs Blight said: ‘David was very strong willed, very likeable actually. He was very intelligent but had no common sense.’

Deputy coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire Robert Stone recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.