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Mother, 28, died after unintentionally taking a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol, inquest hears

A ‘kind and amazing’ young mother died after unintentionally taking a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol, an inquest heard. 

Rebecca Marie Walsh, 28, died on March 28 after taking drugs with her partner and his friend at her home in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

The mother-of-two had been the victim of domestic abuse and struggled with anxiety and depression while battling drug and alcohol dependency, assistant coroner Michael Salt heard.

Rebecca Marie Walsh, 28, was described by her sister Lindsay Walsh and long-time friend Laura Ali as 'everything you could ask for in one person' following her unintentional death from a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol

Rebecca Marie Walsh, 28, was described by her sister Lindsay Walsh and long-time friend Laura Ali as 'everything you could ask for in one person' following her unintentional death from a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol

Rebecca Marie Walsh, 28, was described by her sister Lindsay Walsh and long-time friend Laura Ali as ‘everything you could ask for in one person’ following her unintentional death from a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol

The inquest heard Miss Walsh was found unresponsive in her bedroom at 1.36pm before paramedics rushed her to The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Despite efforts from medics, they were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at 2.30pm, the inquest heard.

Home office forensic pathologist Dr Jamie Robinson said the cause of Miss Walsh’s death was a combination of cocaine, alcohol and medication.

Following the inquest, Miss Walsh’s sister Lindsay Walsh, 29, and long-time friend Laura Ali, 28, paid tribute to her in a touching joint statement.

They said: ‘Becky was a kind and amazing sister, mother and friend.

‘You couldn’t ask for anyone better. She was caring and loving – everything you could ask for in one person.

‘She had a lot of stuff that went on in her life, but it never stopped her from being the person she was.’

Miss Walsh was pronounced dead at The Royal Oldham Hospital (pictured) after being found unresponsive in her bedroom on March 28 (file picture)

Miss Walsh was pronounced dead at The Royal Oldham Hospital (pictured) after being found unresponsive in her bedroom on March 28 (file picture)

Miss Walsh was pronounced dead at The Royal Oldham Hospital (pictured) after being found unresponsive in her bedroom on March 28 (file picture)

Mr Salt recorded a conclusion of drug and alcohol-related death.

He told the court: ‘From quite an early age Rebecca had difficulties with alcohol and was a victim of domestic violence.

‘In her later years, she took to self-medicating.

‘Cocaine is a dangerous drug which should not be underestimated when combined with other prescribed drugs and it is that cocktail which led to her death.’

Detective Inspector Nicholas Helm told Rochdale Coroner’s Court there was no suggestion of foul play in Miss Walsh’s death.

He described the incident as an ‘unintended, self-inflicted act’. 

Source: Daily Mail

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