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Inquest concludes Maidstone dad Carlo Collins died after taking on medication

By Natalie Tipping

Father-of-one Carlo Collins passed away on the morning of Saturday March 11, at his home in Middlesex Road, Shepway.

The hearing into his death started on Wednesday May 31, but was adjourned after the 46-year-old's family requested further medical evidence.

Carlo Collins

Carlo Collins

The inquest resumed at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone. Evidence was given by Dr Mark Howard, who carried out the post-mortem.

The cause of death was given as inhalation of gastric contents due to the presence of various medications.

The court heard Mr Collins had taken sleeping pills, an anti-depressant and a painkiller.

The painkiller levels in the 46-year-old's blood were three times higher than that expected for prescribed pain relief.

The hearing was told these medications can affect the respiratory system and the gag reflex.

Dr Howard found fluid in Mr Collins' lungs during the post-mortem, and said he believed the 46-year-old had inhaled his vomit.

Floral tributes left after Carlo Collins died

Floral tributes left after Carlo Collins died

He said it was likely Mr Collins was unconscious and had died shortly afterwards.

It was also detailed Mr Collins had been feeling depressed in the months before his death due to the loss of his father, mother, and sister.

His sister had died from cancer just two weeks before Mr Collins passed away.

The family were adamant, however, he did not wish to end his life.

Jennifer Smith, Mr Collins' sister, said: "He would never do that. He loved his son and had too much going on in his life."

Senior coroner for Mid-Kent and Medway Patricia Harding gave a verdict of misadventure.

She said: "It was not his intention to end his life."

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