A GRANDAD with a phobia of going to the doctors self-prescribed his own course of medicine which led to his death from a paracetamol overdose.
In recent years, David Richardson, of Laburnum Grove, Runcorn, was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and severe angina, which required emergency hospital treat-ment.
Despite feeling pains in his heart and tingling sensations down his left arm, he refused to go back to his doctor for a repeat prescription and the condition got worse.
His heart medication ran out in January and he failed to replace it, resulting in his premature death caused by multi-organ failure in April last year.
The 59-year-old retired warehouse operative began taking paracetamol tablets to ease his chest pain which built up in his system - leading to kidney and liver failure.
Having avoided going to the doctors for 19 years, his sister, Sylvia Wright, told the inquest the family called him 'typical David' as he wanted to carry on as usual, and hated the thought of his health getting in the way of going to work at Tibbett & Britten.
When his daughter discovered him in his bedroom, his lips and body were turning blue and he was suffering from dehydration.
According to his family, he had 'lots to look forward to' and was due to attend his grandson's passing out parade in the Army on the day of his 60th birthday.
David had been dreaming of spending the rest of his retirement in Turkey with his daughter Karen, where he hoped to buy a holiday home.
Distraught Karen, a mum of three, wept and said: 'He didn't really complain much and didn't tell anybody anything.
'He was a very private man.He had a social life and didn't let his illness stop him from doing anything.
'At first I thought he was funny from the phone call as I could hear funny breathing and went straight round - he only lived five to 10 minutes away.
'His lips were dry and parts of his body were going blue.'
When paramedics arrived they failed to find a vein and Mr Richardson was taken to the high dependency unit.
Medics transferred him to intensive care when they couldn't discover any blood pressure to put him on dialysis.
At one stage he had been sitting up in bed laughing and joking surrounded by his family, just hours before he was rushed into intensive care.
Mr Richardson, who was twice divorced, lived on his own with his dog Fred after splitting up with a long-term girlfriend.
A hospital statement read out at the inquest suggested he could sink up to half a bottle of spirits a day, however his family say he was a moderate drinker.
His brother Anthony described David as a hard worker who didn't take a single day off school as a child and had a varied career.
Before working as a warehouse operative for 12 years, he worked at ICI and the Manchester Ship Canal.
Anthony said: 'As a child, he wanted to get on the Manchester Ship Canal but that was the same as everyone in Run-corn at that time. He did it, and worked there for two to three years.'
The cause of death was multi-organ failure as a result of a 'substantial' 315mg paracetamol overdose coupled with heart disease.
The deputy coroner for Cheshire, Janet Napier, said: 'There is no evidence this was in any way deliberate.
'There was a build up, he self prescribed and didn't want to take any medication.
'He was not a doctor-going sort of person.'