Hastings man died due to drug addiction, inquest hears

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A man with a long-standing drug addiction was found dead in bed at his flat in Hastings, an inquest heard this afternoon (Tuesday, October 27).

Andrew Mackie, 50, of Cornwallis Gardens, had been using heroin since his mid-20s, which developed into a chronic addiction.

Jason Thomason, who knew him for nine years and lived with him as his carer, discovered that Mr Mackie had passed away when he went to check on him in his bedroom.

Today’s hearing into his death, which happened on June 1 this year, heard Mr Mackie suffered from poor health and was on kidney dialysis and used crack cocaine, as well as heroin.

Mr Thomason, in a statement read at today’s inquest, said: “I knew him for eight to nine years. I first met him when he was begging on the street in London. We became good friends. I moved to Hastings in summer 2012 and bumped into him in the town centre one day. He wasn’t well and said he was suffering from kidney failure. I moved in with him a few months later.

“I became aware of just how much drugs he was using. He didn’t hide the fact that he took drugs.

“I would argue with him over this as he was taking drugs that were cancelling out the medication he took.

“In February this year he started to deteriorate and was unable to walk.”

Heather Featherstone, from East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Service, said: “Mr Mackie first asked for support with his heroin addiction in October 2013. He started using it at the age of 26.”

Coroner Alan Craze concluded Mr Mackie’s death was due to dependence on drugs.

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