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He went to CrossFit around five times a week

The brother of a Derbyshire man, who suffered from epilepsy, told an inquest into his death that they knew something wasn’t right when he failed to turn up for work at the family business. Lee Ben Richards, 34, was later found lying in his bed at his home near Chesterfield by his father.

Lee Richards, who lived on Beresford Close in Danesmoor, was working as a mechanic at the family business, JW Richards and Sons, but he didn’t turn up for work on Thursday, September 23, 2021. In a statement read out at the inquest at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court, Brin Richards told the hearing his brother, Ross, got a feeling something wasn’t right that morning.

“Our father John went around to his house, he let himself in using Ross’ key. John found him on his bed, and an ambulance was called and he was pronounced dead.”

Describing his brother, Brin continued: “He was fit and strong, he went to CrossFit around five times a week. He had been texting a girl he romanticly liked until after midnight [on the night before]. He told her he was so tired he could barely keep his eyes open.”

Lee Richards had been diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 16 after he had a seizure in front of his mother. Prior to that, when he was just three years old, he fell off a wall while on a family holiday in Ibiza.

Brin Richards added that doctors told them his brother had about 48 hours to live following the accident on the Spanish island but he made “a remarkable recovery”. “The last time I saw Lee was two days before [he died] on Tuesday and he seemed well and in good spirits.”

Examinations of Lee Richards’ body following his death couldn’t lead to a cause of his death, and there was no presence of alcohol or drugs in his system other than the medication he’d been prescribed to deal with his epilepsy.

 

Source: derbytelegraph.co.uk, Jonathan Chubb

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