AN INQUEST has opened into the death of a Southampton man who died after refusing aid following a fall.

Kelvin Wannell died at his home address on Honeysuckle Road sometime between September 30 and October 1 last year.

The inquest into his death was opened by area coroner Jason Pegg at Winchester Coroners' Court on Wednesday, March 6.

Mr Wannell had spent many years caring for his mother, with Mr Pegg saying that the 65-year-old's health had deteriorated following her death in February 2021 and that he had taken up drinking - he also had a history of falling.

On September 30, Mr Wannell suffered a fall at his home address, hitting his head. He declined to go to the hospital.

READ MORE: What happens at an inquest and what can the press report?

On October 1, emergency services gained access to his home, where he was discovered deceased.

Preliminary causes of death have been given as coronary artery cirrhosis, a recent fall and alcohol misuse.

Mr Pegg adjourned the inquest.

The full inquest will be held at Winchester Coroner's Court on February 20 next year.