THE death of a Hampshire man with a history of drug abuse was accidental, an inquest heard.

Luke Rowe, 33, from Southampton, was found dead in his bed by his aunt when checking if he was awake last December 21. PC Alex Lockyer told Southampton Coroner’s Court Mr Rowe had been out the previous day with a friend and had smoked some drugs before enjoying a family meal and going to bed.

The post-mortem examination revealed levels of a painkiller and morphine that could be associated with fatalities, but it was more likely the combination and prescribed drugs in his system caused him to fall into a coma and die.

The court heard evidence from Mr Rowe’s mental health team that he had been getting on well.

Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman said he was satisfied Mr Rowe had no intention of taking his own life and recorded a verdict of accidental death.