Man collapsed and died after university reunion

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A MAN collapsed and died in his hotel room after attending a reunion at Durham University.

The naked body of John Woolley was found in the bathroom of his bedroom in the Radisson Blu hotel, Framwellgate Waterside, on January 18, an inquest heard.

The 61-year-old had been to a reunion at Hatfield College before walking back to his hotel.

Staff later went to his room after the electronic door lock showed an error, the inquest at the Durham Leadership Centre in Spennymoor was told.

Pc Christopher Spencer of Durham Police, was called to the scene. When he arrived, paramedics confirmed Mr Woolley had been dead for some time.

He said: “Our inquiries concluded there was nothing suspicious about the death, or anything to suggest third party involvement.”

In a statement, a guest at the university function said Mr Woolley was in ‘top form’ and appeared well when he set off to walk back to the hotel.

Dr Chandra Patel, who carried out a post mortem examination, told the hearing he found evidence of mild heart disease.

“The toxicology report showed a very low level of alcohol,” said Dr Patel. “On the balance of probabilities, death was due to heart failure.”

Mr Woolley had travelled to Durham from his home in Grotton, near Oldham, Lancashire.

Durham Coroner Andrew Tweddle said: “I am satisfied from the medical and police evidence this was a sudden, but natural, death,”

Verdict: natural causes.