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Father did not know addict son was dead for six weeks

Mark Brooks (centre), with his dad Ken (left) and stepbrother Paul (right), who was dead for six weeks, as a result of his drug abuse, before his family were informed

Mark Brooks (centre), with his dad Ken (left) and stepbrother Paul (right), who was dead for six weeks, as a result of his drug abuse, before his family were informed

A grieving father has said he cannot understand how his son could have been dead for six weeks before he had any knowledge of it.

Mark Brooks died at his friend’s home in Blackpool, on April 20.

But his family, from Bolton, only heard of his death six weeks later when a notice was posted in their local newspaper from Blackpool coroner’s office.

The 43-year-old had developed a serious bowel illness after years of drug abuse that was exacerbated by his continued use of heroin.

His father Ken, 64, has said while he accepts his son’s death was due to drug abuse he has queried why any family should be left in the dark for so long.

Mr Brooks, a team leader at social housing charity Bolton At Home, said: “Why did it take so long for us to find out? And what’s happened to any of his possessions?

“When I finally got to see my son on June 14 they said at the morgue they couldn’t dress him (because the body had decomposed).”

Mark had a troubled history, first taking drugs aged 14 before his life spiralled out of control. He ended up serving an eight-year prison sentence before moving to Blackpool two years ago.

His father said despite his past the family should still have been treated with respect. He added: “I know he was a drug addict but no-one told us anything, it really hurts.

“His possessions might have been useful or sentimental to us. They can’t say they didn’t have information on him 
because his DNA will have been on file. I feel it’s because he was an addict that it took so long.”

Blackpool Coroners Court heard Mark Brookes died at a home on Granville Avenue, Blackpool.

Assistant coroner Derek Baker gave a narrative verdict on the cause of death of an 
intestinal obstruction which led to peritonitis, while his continued use of heroin significantly contributed to his death.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “This death was treated as non-suspicious and as such a file was passed to the coroner. We worked closely with the Coroner’s Office to trace Mr Brooks’ next of kin. However, there was no local information to identify family members and as a result checks were made with local hospitals.

“Following this, a press 
appeal was issued in order to try to identify Mr Brooks’ next of kin.”

 
 
 

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