'Heart of gold' alcoholic found hanged at home

The Oxford Times: 'Heart of gold' alcoholic found hanged at home 'Heart of gold' alcoholic found hanged at home

A MAN who had battled with alcoholism for 20 years hanged himself at home, an inquest an Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court heard.

Jeffrey Storer, 50, a warehouse worker from Chinnor, near Thame, had suffered from his addiction since his 20s.

An inquest in Oxford on Thursday heard how, on Friday, September 20, he called his parents to say he was having problems with his drinking.

During the conversation his mother Susan Howlett said she told him to “grow up and sort himself out”.

On Monday, September 23, the oldest of his two sisters, Wendy Storer, went to his house where she found him.

He had hanged himself from a banister with a rope.

A post mortem examination found he had 322 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, four times the drink-driving limit, as well as traces of cannabis.

Deputy assistant coroner Nicholas Graham said: “On the basis of the evidence I can reach a conclusion that Mr Storer took his own life because of the history of difficulties and the lack of any third-party involvement.”

In a statement read out at the inquest, his sister Wendy said: “In many ways, he was a bit reclusive, but he had a heart of gold.”

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