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'Happy-go-lucky' builder died of natural causes, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 13:13 03 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:18 03 July 2019

Vitor Alves died of natural causes with contributory chronic opiate use at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Kings Lynn, an inquest at Norfolk Coroner's Court heard. Photo: IAN BURT

Vitor Alves died of natural causes with contributory chronic opiate use at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Kings Lynn, an inquest at Norfolk Coroner's Court heard. Photo: IAN BURT

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A "happy-go-lucky" builder died of natural causes, an inquest in Norwich heard.

Vitor Alves was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) at King's Lynn after a fall in the bath at 4am on Friday, January 4.

A&E clinician Dr Angelo Giubileo said the 43-year-old presented with minor injuries but it was clear he was "severely ill" with a distended stomach.

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Mr Alves did not respond to treatment and had a cardiac arrest at 12pm. He was pronounced dead soon after.

An inquest held at Norfolk Coroner's Court on Tuesday, July 2 heard his cause of death was sepsis of unknown origin with contributory chronic opiate use, with post-mortem examination results indicating septicaemia.

Mr Alves, from Chapel Road, Wisbech, was brought to A&E by his friend Tony Barnes. He called him a "very hard worker and a happy-go-lucky man" and added: "He has left a big hole in our family."

Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake recorded a conclusion of death by natural causes, contributed to by chronic opiate use.

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