THE BODY of a 50-year-old man who died in his flat shortly before Christmas 2009 was so decomposed a pathologist was unable to find a cause of death.
Michael Macrae was found dead at his flat in Beach Road on Boxing Day and an inquest into his death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday (January 27).
Deputy coroner Joanna Pratt was told Mr Macrae was a heavy drinker and had been found by police when a friend raised concerns that he wasn’t answering the door.
PC Tracy Cox was called to the flat and had to force entry. She said the home was in a poor condition with many empty lager cans and some half-empty vodka bottles.
PC Cox found a newspaper dated December 18 but it is not known when Mr Macrae died. His sister, Aileen McPherson, who travelled from Scotland for the inquest, said she knew her brother was drinking and had spoken to him about addressing the problem.
She said, “The last time I saw him I noticed he didn’t look very well and he had lost weight.
“I asked him if he was drinking and he admitted he had been drinking heavily and I told him he needed to stop and he agreed that was what he needed to do.”
Ms McPherson said she did not see her brother very often but explained she was concerned after trying to contact him over the Christmas period.
Miss Pratt was told Mr Macrae had suffered a seizure a few weeks before his death.
She said it was possible he had suffered from another seizure or had too much to drink but explained it was impossible to say, due to the decomposition, what had caused his death.
Miss Pratt recorded an open verdict.