Inquest hears man battling alcoholism died after relapse

A 54 year old recovering alcoholic died after a night out in a popular nightclub during a weekend away, an inquest heard. 

Patrick Reynolds of Strand Road, Tralee, Co Kerry was found dead in a hotel room in Dublin city centre on April 26 2015.

He was helped up to his room after a night out at Copper Face Jacks on Dublin's Harcourt St. Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that he had not had a drink for several weeks prior to his relapse and subsequent death.

Hotel porter Mihel Nagu said he saw two men helping the man, who was intoxicated, outside the hotel room between 2am and 3am on April 24 2015. The two men helped Mr Reynolds to his room and he hugged them. They placed him on the bed and he immediately fell asleep. Hotel workers entered the room the following day to clean it but thought Mr Reynolds was sleeping.

Family members became concerned when Mr Reynolds missed a scheduled flight on April 26 2015.

The room was checked and Mr Reynolds was found dead. He was lying on his bed fully dressed. Garda Robert Reid told the court there were no signs of life and it was clear the man had been dead for some time. “He had a stamp on his hand indicating he had spent some time in a nightclub,” Garda Reid told the court.

Mr Reynolds, who had booked into the hotel for two nights, was in Dublin to attend the theatre, the inquest heard. He had battled alcoholism and had suffered a recent seizure as a result of trying to stop drinking, the court heard.

The cause of death was acute respiratory failure due to the lethal effects of alcohol and the sedative effect of benzodiazepines in the form of Librium, Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said.

Mr Reynolds had been taking Libruim, a drug used to manage anxiety disorders, as an aid to remain alcohol free. A post-mortem report revealed a blood alcohol level of 357 milligrams per cent.

Returning a verdict of death by misadventure, the coroner told family members that Mr Reynolds ‘fell into a deep sleep from which he did not wake up.’


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