Man who was celebrating new job dies after tripping over a step outside his door

Man who was celebrating new job dies after tripping over a step outside his door

A man named Alex Murray, 31 years old, died in a tragic accident on October 2, last year.

He had spent the day drinking with his friends in various pubs in Blackburn, Lancashire, to celebrate his new job in Cleveleys.

Assistant Coroner Sian Jones concluded that Alex’s death was accidental, caused by him tripping over a step outside his door.

Alex’s family said that he was loved by everyone, and many tributes flooded in for the “true gent loved by so many.”

His friend Chris McKenzie added that Alex would be missed by many but would never be forgotten.

Following his death, Alex’s sister Vanessa launched a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs, which raised more than £7,000.

According to the inquest, Alex left the Moorgate pub around 1 am on October 2, accompanied by two women in a taxi.

He visited another pub before arriving home at 2.40 am.


A neighbor’s CCTV footage showed Alex staggering towards his home in Preston New Road, Blackburn.

He disappeared around the side of the house and was later found unresponsive by his mother.

Sergeant Chris Birchall of Lancashire Constabulary, who was one of the first on the scene, said it appeared that Alex had fallen or tripped next to a small step in the garden.

There was no evidence of third-party involvement in Alex’s death. A post-mortem CT scan revealed that Alex had suffered a small subarachnoid hemorrhage and a fractured eye socket.

Toxicology tests found that Alex was intoxicated at the time of his death and had used cocaine recently.

Neurosurgeon Naufel Ansar was consulted to interpret the medical findings.

He concluded that although he couldn’t say definitively that the hemorrhage was the cause of death, it was a possibility.

Assistant Coroner Sian Jones said that Alex’s death was caused by a simple accident.


She believed that the alcohol had affected Alex’s mobility and stability, increasing the risk of him having a fall.

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