A TEENAGER died a drug-related death, a coroner ruled yesterday.

An inquest into the death of 16-year-old Darcie Mae Heseltine, from Ilkley, was held virtually at Bradford Coroners’ Court.

She was found in her bedroom on September 15, 2019, and despite efforts to try and revive her, she was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.50pm that day. 

The air ambulance was among the emergency services called to assist.

A post-mortem found the teenager’s cause of death to be butane toxicity and that she had inhaled toxic levels. No other drugs or alcohol were detected.

The inquest, led by assistant coroner Ian Pears, heard Darcie Mae had autism, as well as a history of self-harm and solvent use, and was under Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. 

In a statement read out to the court, her mother, Naomi, said she had “the most wonderful and caring personality” and her death had left a “gaping void” in the lives of those who knew her.

Mr Pears said he could not see there was any evidence to suggest that Darcie Mae had intended her actions would result in her death. 

Recording his conclusion, he said she had died a drug-related death as a result of butane toxicity.