A GAMER has been found dead still clutching his Xbox controller after an overnight session, an investigation has found.
Simon Shanks, 43, was discovered slumped on his couch in front of his screen with the gamepad in hand.
An investigation learned on the night of his death, Simon and a friend stayed up until around midnight to play on an Xbox.
But his friend went up to bed – and came down 11 hours later to find Simon.
The investigation learned that he had found Simon “still on the couch, in a sitting position, still gripping the Xbox controller”.
Paramedics and police were called to the scene but he was pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m. at his home in Loughor, Swansea.
South Wales Police HQ Ben Evans told the inquest: “Simon’s friend said he had not taken drugs the day before to his knowledge.
“The officers found no evidence of drug use. Although Simon’s death is not suspicious, it has not been explained. “
Simon had been a heavy drinker before – but the investigation revealed he had spent “seven years without taking anything”.
An autopsy report revealed he had a thickened heart while a toxicology report revealed “therapeutic levels” of prescribed drugs as well as levels of methadone, cocaine and morphine.
On recording a finding of drug-related death, Acting Chief Coroner Colin Phillips said he died on October 19, 2020 from an “unintentional overdose.”