Whatever happens I love you – last words

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A DRUG addict who was trying to get rehabilitation died after taking a lethal dose of heroin and alcohol in a supermarket car park, an inquest heard.

Anthony Hughes, 47, of Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham, was found slumped against a car at Tesco, in Solent Road, Havant, on December 21 last year.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, but was pronounced dead at about 7pm.

An inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall heard he had spent two days on a detox programme at St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth, but discharged himself a couple of days before his death.

On December 20 he called and left a message requesting to go back to the treatment programme. However, he did not return doctors’ calls when they tried to phone him.

His sister, Margarite Bird, said: ‘He was so down when he came out of hospital. He said “whatever happens, I love you”. I’ll always remember that.’

Coroner David Horsley ruled he died from misuse of drugs and alcohol.