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An inquest into the death of a popular Stowmarket referee found he had died due to a seizure possibly linked to his diabetes.

The body of Daniel Mason, 33, was found at his flat in Navigation Place, in Stowupland Road, on November 21 2018, by his parents.

The inquest at Suffolk Coroners Court in Ipswich today, (August 15) heard how Susan Mason had checked a mobile phone app and seen that her son was not at work in Bury St Edmunds but at his home address.

Daniel Mason, who died on November 21, 2018, aged 33
Daniel Mason, who died on November 21, 2018, aged 33

His parents found him died in the main bedroom of his flat.

In a statement, Mrs Mason said her son had been disorganised and not always eaten well despite his diabetes for which he required regular insulin injections.

The father of two, had reported suffered a number of fits in his sleep and consulted his GP but not followed up by attending an appointment with a consultant, the inquest heard.

Consultant pathologist Dr Pawel Wawruch told the inquest that he found no signs of injury on Mr Mason’s body which could have been associated with his death. Alcohol and other unnatural causes could also be discounted.

Also a fall which Mr Mason was reported to have had over some railings near his home, on November 16 last year, after drinking had played no part in his causing his death, the pathologist said.

Tests had shown that glucose levels within Mr Mason’s body were near normal, suggesting that at the time of his death he had been controlling his type one diabetes correctly.

While no diagnosis had been obtained regarding Mr Mason’s fits, there was a greater than 50 per cent likelihood that he had died as a result of a seizure, possibly resulting from having diabetes.

Dr Wawruch said such seizure could last for up to 30 minutes during which breathing can be impaired, denying vital oxygen to the brain. A seizure could be caused by a fall in blood glucose levels and the over use of insulin.

The cause of Mr Mason’s death had been recorded as seizure and diabetes.

Senior Suffolk Coroner Nigel Parsley, said: “It is clear to me that, tragically, he succumbed to a natural disease. Therefore, the only conclusion I can make is that Daniel Mason died as a result of natural causes.”