Mother's tribute

THE mother of a man who died after collapsing in a supermarket car park has paid tribute to her son. Daniel Whitby, aged 32, lived in Alfred Street, Weston. He died after collapsing in Tesco's car park in Weston on August 5 last year. He was a carpenter

THE mother of a man who died after collapsing in a supermarket car park has paid tribute to her son. Daniel Whitby, aged 32, lived in Alfred Street, Weston. He died after collapsing in Tesco's car park in Weston on August 5 last year. He was a carpenter by trade but spent the months before his death as a full-time carer to his nan. Daniel's mother, Denise Jacobs, said: "Anyone who knew Daniel was met with love and loyalty. He had a smile that could light up a room and he had a great sense of humour."An inquest into his death heard that just after 5pm on the day he died, Daniel slipped off his bike outside the Tesco store in Station Road. He then pushed his bike into the car park where he collapsed, striking his head on a kerb. Security staff ran to his aid and called an ambulance. Daniel was taken to hospital but died just before midnight. In a statement read out by the coroner's officer, Alan Melhuish, Denise said: "Daniel had got involved in heroin when he was 25, but family members had been encouraging him to stop and he had been in a rehabilitation programme."Coroner Brian Whitehouse said: "It seems Daniel had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and his death seems particularly sad because he appeared to be making a real effort to overcome his problems. The cause of his fall was a dependency on drugs and that sadly is the verdict I have to record.


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