Dad dies during trip

Tragic scene: The Carousel Hotel, where Samuel Millar died
Tragic scene: The Carousel Hotel, where Samuel Millar died
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A dad of three was found dead in bed after travelling to Blackpool to watch his son play in a football tournament.

Samuel Millar, 46, from County Antrim, was among the parents accompanying a group of around 50 11 and 12-year-old boys from Northern Ireland to play in the tournament at Myerscough College, near Garstang.

A Blackpool Coroner’s Court inquest heard that they travelled to England on Friday, April 18, and arrived at the Carousel Hotel on Blackpool Promenade at around 9.35pm.

The boys, who were sharing rooms with each other, then went to bed. Some of the dads, including Mr Millar, went for a drink in the bar.

Adrian Finlay, who was sharing a room with Mr Millar, was among them, and told in a written statement how he had gone to bed around midnight.

He had then been disturbed by Mr Millar coming to bed at 2am. He said his room-mate was drunk and noticed him taking some tablets.

He awoke at 6.30am, when he saw Mr Millar moving around and then got into the shower. When he came out 30 minutes later he noticed Mr Millar’s hands were white and he could not find a pulse.

An ambulance was called but Mr Millar was pronounced dead.

“He had been fine all of the day and during the night,” said Mr Finlay.

The inquest heard that Mr Millar had suffered from depression since 2005. He had been referred to a community mental health team in June 2013, but had recently missed appointments.

A post-mortem examination showed he was one-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit, and had taken potentially toxic levels of the anti-depressants Mirtazapine and Amitriptyline.

Recording a verdict of death by misadventure, Blackpool and Fylde coroner Alan Wilson said the drink and medication combined had caused Mr Millar’s death. He said it had been unintended.

Mr Wilson said there was evidence that Mr Millar had coronary heart disease which may have contributed to his death, by making him less able to withstand the effects of the alcohol and medication.