Recluse lay dead for five days before being found

MYSTERY surrounds the death of a recluse found dead in his bed.

Fernando Campos-Pita’s body was so badly decomposed a post-mortem failed to discover exactly how the 52-year-old had died.

He was found dead in the room he lived at in Elms Avenue on February 29 by his landlord Ray Barron.

Mr Barron told an inquest at Eastbourne on Thursday Mr Campos-Pita was a recluse who spent most of his days watching videos or working on his worktop.

When his rent was three days overdue and residents complained of an unpleasant smell coming from the room, Mr Barron said he went into Mr Campos-Pita’s bedsit and found his decomposed body in the bed. He is believed to have died more than five days before his body was discovered.

Pathologist Dr Jane Mercer told the inquest Mr Campos-Pita had died from natural causes but because of the extent of decomposition, could not pinpoint the exact cause.

She said he had not suffered a heart attack, a stroke or pulmonary embolism.

Mr Campos-Pita’s sister, Susana Campos, who lives in Spain, sent a statement saying her brother had been living in the UK for 10 years and spent most of his time listening to or composing music.

She said he was a quiet and reserved person who had not returned to his native Spain for more than four years.

The inquest also heard police had investigated his sudden death but there were no suspicious circumstances and nobody else was involved.

Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, East Sussex coroner Alan Craze said, “Mr Campos-Pita died from natural causes but it remains a mystery as to precisely what he died of.”