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Suicide found after finishing housework

A HEAVY drinker lay dead on the floor while his partner carried on with the housework, an inquest heard.

Jobless Thomas Wright, aged 47, died in his living room in Snelling Avenue, Northfleet, after taking a lethal cocktail of 20 painkillers and alcohol.

Gravesend Coroner's Court heard he was found by his common-law wife, Patricia Accleton, while she was vacuuming, on March 15 .

She said: "When he came back from the pub, he came through the door sideways and I thought he was drunk again.

"I started doing the housework and found him on the living room floor lying down.

"When I couldn't wake him, I didn't think anything of it and carried on vacuuming."

But when she noticed his lips were blue, she dialled 999.

She said: "Paramedics told me he had died."

Miss Accleton found two suicide notes and says she remembers him writing when he came home from the pub.

She said he had been advised by his doctor to give up drinking after having two fits in 2001. But he carried on and a month before he died, she found 18 bottles of vodka upstairs in their house.

North Kent coroner Roger Hatch recorded a verdict of suicide.

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