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Man found dead on Esplanade in Rochester identified as police pass case to coroner

By Lizzie Massey

A man found dead in an alleyway near a busy road in Rochester has been identified.

Police and ambulance crews were called the Esplanade at 12.50pm on Monday after a man was found lying on the ground.

A police spokesman today confirmed he has now been identified and his next of kin have been informed.

Police and ambulance crews on Rochester's Esplanade after a man was found dead

The man, who was 59 and in his running gear, was declared dead at the scene.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious and it is believed he died from natural causes.

The case has been passed to the coroner, who is awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

The results will reveal whether an inquest is required or if his death will be registered under natural causes.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "We were called to reports a man had collapsed.

"We sent two ambulances and a car, but despite the crews best efforts the man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene."

Ambulance crews worked to help him for hours, but the scene was cleared and the road re-opened at around 4pm.

Did you know this man? If you would like to leave a tribute to him, please email lmassey@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227834.

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