Cardiac disease led to Johnstown man's death

Published date: 13 February 2014 |
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A MAN who collapsed in Wrexham town centre on a busy afternoon died of a heart attack, an inquest heard.

William Stanislaw O’Brien, 69, of Penllwyn, Johnstown, suffered the attack just after 1pm on Thursday, April 18.

Deputy coroner Nicola Jones, speaking at an inquest in Llandudno yesterday, said: “It is clear the underlying cardiac disease was really always going to bring about his death.”

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr O’Brien had several enlarged organs and suffered from severe coronary artery disease and ischemic heart disease. His family asked whether exposure to asbestos in his working life had any bearing on his death but the post-mortem examination confirmed that despite suffering diabetes mellitus caused by asbestos poisoning, it was a long standing-issue which had no impact on his death. Concluding, the coroner said: “The cardiac event was instant and unexpected, and I am satisfied that is what caused Mr O’Brien’s death. It is clear that when the ambulance arrived, everything possible to save him was done at the scene.

“The only realistic conclusion is that he died of natural causes.”

l Speaking to the Leader last year following Mr O’Brien’s death, his daughter Victoria said he would be sadly missed.

Paying tribute to the father-of-three, who was known as Stan to his friends and family, she added  “He loved being with his family and he was a fun-loving character.

We’d like to offer our thanks to everyone who helped him at the bus station.”

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