A chef died after being found at the bottom of stairs in an Oxford home for people with mental health problems.

Sun Hei Lam, 54, was discovered by a support worker, Robert Atkinson, who had earlier heard a thud at the top of the stairs on April 22, Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said yesterday.

He died at hospital later that day from a large upper gastro-intestinal haemorrhage, due to gastritis and fluoxetine toxicity.

The coroner described it as “not a natural cause of death.”

The chef, who was born in Hong Kong, lived Iffley Turn, in a multi-occupancy house for people with mental health problems, the court heard.

He had worked as a kitchen porter at St Giles’ Cafe since last year, and was described by friends as having “grace and humour”.

An inquest into his death has been adjourned until August 5.

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