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Footballer's death was drug related

Heart attack killed 26 year-old

An inquest has found that an Island footballer's death last year was linked to drug use.

Corinthians' captain Louis Thornton was found dead at a hotel in Liverpool on September 16, after enjoying a night out with friends.

The Liverpool and Wirral Coroner's Court heard he had cocaine and high levels of alcohol in his system at the time.

The 26 year-old's cause of death was concluded to be an acute heart attack, 'more likely than not' induced by the Class A substance.

Tributes were paid at the time to a 'big character' and lifelong Middlesbrough FC fan, who'd represented the Island team, as well as leading his club.

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