Ex-journalist died following history of depression

A 54-YEAR-OLD former journalist who suffered from depression and alcoholism died of natural causes, an inquest has heard.

John Richmond, of Trinity Place, Eastbourne, was found dead in his home of July 24 and an inquest into his death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court last Thursday afternoon.

Coroner Alan Craze was told Mr Richmond’s body was badly decomposed and he had most likely died in the flat around a week before being found.

There were a dozen empty whisky bottles found in the house and four empty cans of strong lager.

Lorraine Foley, his GP, sent a statement to the coroner which was read at the inquest and detailed his medical history.

It explained he had been diagnosed as bipolar and was managing his mental health problems with medication.

However, despite being diagnosed with a failing liver and being given a stem cell transplant, Mr Richmond started to drink heavily again and became ill.

Lucy Richmond, his sister, told the coroner about her brother’s illnesses and added, “He was an academic. A highly intelligent man who was well read.”

Ms Richmond said she had last spoken to her brother on July 17 and raised the alarm when she was unable to contact him.

Police were called to the property and forced entry to his flat where he was found dead.

The post mortem examination could not find a cause of death due to the decomposition of the body but Mr Craze said he felt sure Mr Richmond had died of natural causes because there was no evidence of any suicide attempt or any forced entry to his flat.

A verdict of death by natural causes was recorded.