Jessica Gibson was on a family holiday but had gone out to meet friends when she collapsed in a flat
A young mum, described as “confident and compassionate”, has left her family devastated after she died suddenly while on a night out during a family holiday.
Jessica Gibson, 31, was visiting Blackpool with her parents, Andy and Jennifer Gibson, when she passed away on July 9.
They had travelled to the seaside town from their home in Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland when plans to go on holiday to Lanzarote were scuppered by Covid.
That night, while her parents stayed in Blackpool, Jessica had gone to meet friends in Liverpool, intending to fly home the next day.
However she was rushed to the Royal Liverpool Hospital after she collapsed at a flat in the city.
Tragically, she died in the early hours of July 9 from what was found to be an accidental heroin and cocaine overdose.
Her parents told the Liverpool Echo that there was never any hint that Jessica had taken a drug like heroin. A court heard there was no evidence she was “drug dependent”.
Jennifer, who had travelled back to Liverpool for the inquest, says she had no idea how her daughter – a mum-of-one – would have got hold of heroin.
She told the ECHO: “She did like to have a drink I can’t lie about that, but I could not believe heroin. Nobody seems to know where she got it.
“We have asked the police about who gave it to her but they don’t know.”
Remembering their daughter, Mrs Gibson said: “She was beautiful, she was stunning, she really was.
“She was generous, generous to a fault even. I’ll give an example. We were watching the football in Blackpool, England vs Ukraine in the Euros, and she saw a poor wee homeless man sitting on the floor.
“She sat down with him and said ‘you don’t need to be sitting here, get yourself home’, and she gave him £20.”
Mr Gibson said: “She was really outgoing, she was funny and she was very confident and compassionate.”
The inquest heard a post-mortem exam was carried out which found no signs of injury.
Toxicology reports found Jessica had alcohol and a high level of heroin in her bloodstream. Senior coroner for Liverpool and Wirral, Andre Rebello, said those levels would have been near fatal for a tolerant user.
She also had a high level of cocaine in her system which could have played a role in her death.
The medical cause of death was given as heroin and cocaine toxicity.
Mr Rebello said: “I understand Jessica had taken some drugs in the past but this was normally cocaine, not heroin.
“She was not a tolerant user, therefore if this level would have been fatal or near fatal for a tolerant user this level would suffice to explain Jessica’s death.”
The court was also told that there was no evidence of injury or anything to suggest “drugs had been forced on her”.
But he did slam the dealers who had profited from selling the heroin, ultimately leading to Jessica’s death.
He told the inquest: “There are some people out there who peddle these drugs that are causing death to those people who are vulnerable and turn to them for release.
“Those people actually profit from your grief and bereavement and you are also victims of their illicit and evil trade.”
Mr Rebello recorded a conclusion of “death by cocaine and heroin toxicity – none dependent use of drugs.”