Alex Murray, 31, had been out celebrating a new job with friends when the accident happened (Picture: Lancs Live/MEN Media)
A man man fell on a step outside his home, hit his head and died after a night out celebrating a new job.
Alex Murray, 31, had been drinking with friends in several pubs around Blackburn on Saturday October 1 last year, ahead of starting a new job the following Monday.
He was found by his mum the next morning lying unresponsive on the ground near his home – also in Blackburn – with his head on a small step.
It is believed he tripped or fell and hit his head in a tragic accident.
Family and friends have described him as ‘a true gent’ and ‘loved by so many’.
A neighbour’s CCTV shows Alex staggering towards his home at 2.40am on the Sunday before disappearing around the side of the house, an inquest held at Blackburn Town Hall today heard.
Sergeant Chris Birchall of Lancashire Constabulary said there was no evidence a third party was involved.
The coroner ruled Alex’s death was accidental (Picture: Lancs Live/MEN Media)
He added: ‘Alex was found lying on the floor with his head on a small step. He was about six feet away from the side door. It wasn’t possible to say exactly what happened but potentially it was a fall.’
The inquest heard Alex had left the Moorgate Arms pub at around 1am in the early hours of Sunday.
He is later believed to have visited another pub before he was seen arriving home.
A post-mortem CT scan revealed Alex had suffered a small subarachnoid haemorrhage, where a head injury causes bleeding in the space that surrounds the brain. He also had a fractured eye socket.
Toxicology tests found he was drunk at the time of his death and there was evidence of recent cocaine use.
Neurosurgeon Naufel Ansar was consulted to review the evidence and interpret the medical findings.
He concluded that although he couldn’t definitely say the haemorrhage was the cause of death, it was a possibility.
Assistant coroner Sian Jones returned a conclusion of accidental death and said: ‘I am satisfied he had been drinking and had taken some cocaine but neither of those were likely to be the direct cause of his death.
‘However the alcohol did affect his mobility and stability and it’s likely to have caused or contributed to his fall because it would have increased the risk of him having a fall. I am satisfied that what he suffered was a simple accident.’
After the inquest Alex’s sister Vanessa said: ‘He was loved by so many people. In Blackburn everyone knew him and I was known as Alex’s sister even though I’m older.’
Alex’s mum added: ‘He was over the moon about his new job. He’d found out earlier in the week and I can still see his face after he got the news; he was buzzing all week.’
Two pubs in Blackburn, the Moorgate Arms and the Fox and Hounds, organised a series of fundraisers to help Alex’s family pay for the funeral, while a GoFundMe page launched by Alex’s sister Vanessa has so far raised more than £7,000.
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