Body of Nelson man (46) lay undiscovered

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The body of a Nelson man was too badly decomposed for a definite cause of death to be determined, a Burnley inquest was told.

Pathologist Dr Walid Salman told the hearing 46-year-old Howard Farnell had probably been dead for two or three days before his body was discovered at his home in Temple Street in October.

He said the dead man’s coronary arteries were significantly narrow and the most likely cause of death was a heart attack. There were no signs of major injuries or violence.

Mr Farnell’s father, Terence, said his son had lived at home with his parents until two years ago but would visit them daily.

He had seemed OK and had recently passed examinations in maths and English. He would use the computer at his parents’ home but this had not been working, so his visits had stopped and it was not until he telephoned his son and could get no reply that he became concerned.

He went to the house, could smell something through the letter box, broke the door down and found his body in a bedrooom.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor concluded Mr Farnell’s death was as a result of natural causes.