Pensioner who fell off chair died of alcoholism – verdict

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AN ALCOHOLIC pensioner died after falling off a chair in his kitchen.

John Price, 81, of Robertson Terrace, was found by his friend lying on the floor in a twisted position.

He had spoken to Mr Price two days before the retired plumber died because he was concerned about him and came to visit.

An inquest into the pensioner’s death, which happened on February 1, was held on Wednesday, April 6.

Dr Stanford Mathe, pathologist at the Conquest Hospital, who carried out the post mortem, said Mr Price had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a poor liver, brought on by a history of alcohol abuse, stemming from as far back as 1980.

His GP, Dr Sarah Thomson, said he had sciatica in his right leg, making it weak and painful.

In a statement, the doctor said: “Mr Price had two courses of physiotherapy without any benefit and he was referred to the community rehabilitation team because he was at risk of falls.”

An empty bottle of brandy and another bottle with a small amount of alcohol were found in the kitchen where Mr Price lay.

Deputy coroner Joanna Pratt recorded a verdict of death by alcoholism.