Wrexham man died of 'very rare condition'

Reporter:

Garth ApThomas

A MAN in his 30s who was seemingly fit and healthy died suddenly from an extremely rare condition.

An inquest into the death of Dean Cupit was told that just one or two days before his death he had had been happily playing with his family performing back flips, and there was no indication of the tragedy that was to come.

Mr Cupit died on August 29 last year. He had stayed overnight at the home of friend Michael O’Kell, of Maes Brenin, Pentre Maelor.

Earlier in 2009 Mr Cupit had a been a lodger there but had then moved on to other accommodation.

A statement from Mr O’Kell said that on the day leading to Mr Cupit’s death they had spent an evening relaxing with another friend at Maes Brenin.

Mr Cupit had gone to bed at about 10.30pm and Mr O’Kell at 11.15pm.

The next morning Mr O’Kell went to work. On his return he found Mr Cupit was dead.

Consultant pathologist Anthony Burdge conducted a post-mortem examination.

He said there was one finding which was very unusual in a man of Mr Cupit’s age – a coronary artery had a very marked narrowing over a short distance.

This would have caused a reduction in the blood and oxygen supply.

Mr Burdge said: “I can only remember one other case in 30 years, it is very rare.”

Recording a verdict of death by natural causes coroner John Hughes emphasised the condition would not be spread through the family

Mr Hughes added: “He would have simply gone to sleep and not woken up.
“He would not have experienced any suffering or pain.

“There is nothing suspicious about Dean’s death.”

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