Former Eastbourne travel agent found dead at home

A 75-year-old retired travel agent from Eastbourne was found dead in his Willingdon Trees Home.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 9:00 am

Colin Mackay was found dead at his flat in Croxden Court on August 25 last year, an inquest heard.

The inquest at Eastbourne Town Hall on Thursday (April 8), heard Mr Mackay, who spent many years in Thailand due to his job, had type two diabetes and suffered a transient ischaemic attack, also known as a mini stroke, in 2017.

The inquest heard Mr Mackay was found in his home when neighbours told authorities he hadn’t been seen in a couple of weeks and police officers arrived at the property around 8pm.

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Dr Russell Brown, Mr Mackey’s GP, told the inquest he suspected Mr Mackay had collapsed suddenly from a stroke.

Dr Brown said, “I presume he had a stroke on the balance of probability. The diabetes would have contributed but not caused it, and his longstanding asthma and transient ischaemic attack did not cause it either.”

East Sussex coroner Alan Craze ruled Mr Mackay died from natural causes.