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Woker dies due to alcohol-related heart problems

A 42-year-old foundry worker from Dudley who died of a heart attack after a fit at work had mystery bruises, an inquest heard.

John Robert Sidaway, of Heath Road, died two days after being admitted to Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley.

Acting Dudley coroner Robin Balmain yesterday recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

The inquest was told that the heart attack was a consequence of alcohol-related heart problems.

Mr Balmain said the bruising was not a factor in his death. Some were old bruises and others from when he was being restrained by security staff.

Mr Sidaway was admitted on August 22, and that night was restless, agitated and seemed paranoid. Nurses said he acted oddly the next morning.

Fearing he was a danger to himself and others, nurses called security staff who restrained him until he was sedated. He died the next day. Mr Sidaway's sister June Gibbons said he had fits as a child, and had two before he died.

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