Alex James Turner was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest
A young man described as the ‘most genuine guy’ died from cocaine toxicity after falling ill while sat in his van in an Aldi car park.
Alex James Turner, who was born and raised in Preston, died on Sunday, September 12 after being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital earlier that afternoon.
Paramedics had been called to the car park at Aldi in Tithebarn Street, Poulton, after the 28-year-old was seen ‘behaving erratically’.
An inquest, which was opened today (November 12) at Blackpool Town Hall, heard that when North West Ambulance Service paramedics arrived they believed Mr Turner, of Moresby Avenue in Blackpool, had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Senior Coroner Alan Wilson said during the brief hearing: “He was believed to have been behaving erratically and there had been concern about his welfare to the extent that an ambulance was called.
“Paramedics attended and believed he may have been under the influence of drugs. He went into a suspected cardiac arrest and was transferred to hospital.
“Ultimately he passed away on the Intensive Care Unit during the afternoon of September 12.”
The inquest heard that post-mortem toxicology tests revealed the medical cause of Mr Turner’s death was given as multiple organ failure as a result of cocaine toxicity.
“In light of the medical cause of death it needs to be the subject of an inquest,” the coroner said.
A full inquest is scheduled to take place on March 2, 2022 and is expected to include evidence from doctors at Blackpool Victoria Hospital who treated Mr Turner, as well as input from his family.
After his death friend Kirsty Locke set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Mr Turner’s family which has raised more than £1,000.
She wrote: “One of our closest friends has passed away and we would like to show his family gratitude and our condolences so we would like in memory of Turner to make some extra money for funeral payments, his family to take a holiday or do whatever they like with it to just support them.
“He was one of the most genuine guys you will ever meet, always there to make someone smile on a dull day and just made everyone’s day being around! Life will never be the same without our boy so the best we can do in honour of him is make his day big and special like he was to many of us.
“He sadly lost his life on 12/09/2021 falling poorly sat in his van on a car park where he went into a cardiac arrest.
“Please everyone support us as his friends and family to make everything as settled as we can for his parents/brothers/sisters etc.”
- The GoFundMe page can be found here