Open verdict after woman was found dead at her home

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A ‘BUBBLY’ woman who had got her life back on track mysteriously died in her bed, an inquest heard.

At last Wednesday’s inquest, coroner Alan Craze heard how Carolyn Fox, of New Upperton Road, Eastbourne, had a history of overdosing on drugs between 2004 to 2008 and was prone to bouts of depression.

But she had rallied well in recent years and took great pleasure in her small group of friends in Eastbourne and visiting her brother and his family in Jersey.

She was planning on taking her brother and her nephew to Canada for a skiing holiday before she died.

The inquest heard that after spending the evening drinking with her close friend Helen Haffenden, on November 11, Ms Fox, who suffered from high blood pressure, asthma and depression, went to bed.

The 49-year-old, who was taking medication for her health problems, was found dead in her bed four days later.

Ms Haffenden said, “She was very happy, she hugged me, it was a normal evening and she seemed quit bright and cheerful when I left her.

“She was looking forward to the holiday in Canada – that was all she spoke about.

“She had bought Christmas presents for all my family and she was going to spend some time with us over Christmas.”

PC Bradley Stadler, who attended the scene, found cough mixture and a number of pills around her bedroom.

Pathologist Dr El Teraifi said the quality of Ms Fox’s blood had deteriorated too much to distinguish the cause of her death.

Mr Craze said he was unable to draw any conclusions from what he had heard and recorded an open verdict in the absence of sufficient evidence at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 16.

“Suicide must never be assumed. In absence of a clear cause of death I cannot even start proving any intent to kill herself.

“All the evidence points the other way,” he said.

“It’s going to be unfortunate for the family because they will not get answers to the questions in their minds.”

In a statement read out in court, Mr Fox’s brother, Chris, said, “She was a bubbly person and enjoyed hobbies like photography and travelling.”