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PUBLISHED: 13:03 27 October 2010

The coroner's court was held in the Victoria Centre

The coroner's court was held in the Victoria Centre

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A 36-year-old DJ “living life to the full” was found dead in bed after failing to turn up to a barbecue and a restaurant date.

Family were alerted when Philip Errington,36, could not be contacted at his home in Cobham Terrace, Northfleet. They found the 6ft 4in, seventeen-and-a-half stone sports-loving computer expert lifeless.

A post-mortem later found that he had died from a combination of recent small cocaine use linked with serious heart problems.

At a resumed inquest in Gravesend on Tuesday, coroner Roger Hatch recorded a verdict of misadventure.

After the hearing, Mr Errington’s stepfather Keith Preston, 60, of Cross Lane East, Gravesend, said: “He was flying very high – he was looking forward to life.

“He lived life to the full and he was a local celebrity.”

At an earlier hearing it was said that Mr Errington, a design engineer “producer”, had been found by Mr Preston on June 14.

Mr Preston told the inquest that his stepson had had diabetes for about 10 years but at the time of his death was in good spirits and had been going regularly to the gym.

He said: “I was not aware of any drug use. He liked the occasional drink.

“We had a telephone call from one of his friends who said he had not turned up to a barbecue two days before.”

After going to Mr Errington’s house, Mr Preston found him face down on the bed, and called an ambulance.

Detective Sergeant Colin Dutton said Mr Errington’s ex-wife Natalie had left their home about a year earlier.

The day before he was found, Mr Errington had failed to turn up to a restaurant date with a female friend in Gravesend.

Friends had said he had previously looked tired and pale. From the date on a train ticket, police found he had been with friends in London on the evening of June 11.

Keep-fit food products were found in his kitchen, and analysis of a small packet containing a white powder on a chest of drawers on his landing showed it was high-purity cocaine.

About 350 people attended Mr Errington’s funeral at Bobbing crematorium late in the summer.

Friends and family had a massive wake at the Somerset Arms, where he was well known. A former St George’s School student, Mr Errington had been a popular DJ.

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