Woman, 52, found dead at home died from 'drug toxicity'

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Oxford Coroner's Court, where the inquest was heard Picture: OM
Oxford Coroner's Court, where the inquest was heard Picture: OM

A Headington woman died from a drug overdose, Oxford Coroner’s Court heard.

Michelle Gardner, 52, was found dead at her home in Slade Close, near Wood Farm, on May 5.

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Opening her inquest yesterday, senior coroner Darren Salter said a post-mortem had given the cause of Ms Gardner’s death as multi-drug toxicity, with cocaine, methadone and amitriptyline among the substances found. She had suffered a pulmonary embolism, or a blocked blood vessel in the lungs.

A full inquest will be held in mid-December.

Mr Salter said Ms Gardner had been born in 1970 in Oxford. She was not working at the time of her death.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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