A FIANCEE says she will never know the truth about the last moments of her partner’s life after a coroner ruled he died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
Christopher Britton was found dead by his partner of a decade Danielle Jones, at the South Hylton home they shared, last October.
Danielle discovered Christopher’s body slumped at the bottom of the stairs.
Scores of mourners paid tribute to popular Christopher at his funeral at Sunderland Crematorium.
Now, following toxicology reports which were carried out in London, Sunderland Coroners Office has ruled that Christopher died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
“It’s what we thought was going to come back from the coroner, but it doesn’t make things any easier,” said Danielle, 26, who grew up with Christopher in Silksworth.
“It’s quite puzzling because we still don’t really know what happened.
“It’s difficult to get your head around how someone can be there one minute and gone the next.”
Christopher’s immediate family, which includes dad Keith, mum Carol and his younger brother Jonathan, have all had hospital tests to find out if they were vulnerable to the same condition. Thankfully, the tests came back negative.
“Even if we’d known that it’s something Chris was likely to suffer from, we don’t know if it would have made any difference,” added Danielle.
“Now, we just want to raise awareness because by people knowing more about the condition, it could save lives.”
Danielle is now back at work following the bereavement. Along with Christopher’s family, they are now fund-raising for health charities in his honour.
Almost £500 was donated at his funeral, while £85 was generated from a bowling night held on what would have been the former Farringdon School pupil’s 31st birthday.
Danielle said: “Sudden Adult Death Syndrome isn’t as well known as things like cancer or heart disease, and we just want to get the word out to people that it can affect you or people in your family.” Christopher’s family are taking part in the British Heart Foundation’s Ramp Up the Red campaign, which is being held tomorrow.
To donate towards Christopher’s appeal – funds will be split between Sudden Adult Death Syndrome UK and Cardiac Risk in the Young – go to www.justgiving.com/remember/100686/Christopher-Britton.
Danielle also added that she and Christopher’s family would like to thank bosses at Fergusons, Christopher’s employer, for their support over the past months.