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Death of 33-year-old bodybuilder living above Ipswich Silver Star pub remains mystery as coroner finds no clear cause of death



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The death of a 33-year-old man who was found in his room above an Ipswich pub remains a mystery as Suffolk Coroner's Court identified no cause of death.

Pawel Skuza, who moved to the town from Poland less than a year before, was found dead in his room above Silver Star in Vernon Street on July 18 last year.

During an inquest this afternoon, the court heard Pawel was last seen on July 15 by another tenant in the shared occupancy space.

Suffolk News Suffolk Coroners Court Ipswich Picture by Mark Westley. (56812181)
Suffolk News Suffolk Coroners Court Ipswich Picture by Mark Westley. (56812181)

The tenant, who described Pawel as his 'best friend', discovered the 33-year-old dead on his bed three days later. Despite calling the emergency services, Pawel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

The court was told Pawel frequently used the gym and would push himself to 'extremes' with weight-lifting and body-building exercises.

Suffolk News Suffolk Coroners Court Ipswich Picture by Mark Westley. (56812178)
Suffolk News Suffolk Coroners Court Ipswich Picture by Mark Westley. (56812178)

The IT technician had 10 years experience in the gym and a statement from his friend detailed his use of steroids which he had ordered from Poland and were described as 'strong'.

On July 15, Pawel sent his friend a text message to explain he had injured his neck in the gym and would not be able to work out while it healed.

Toxicology investigations found Pawel had 101mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system at the time of his death, a number associated with the lower end of 'drunkenness' but not one deemed likely to lead to death.

The report also found a painkiller in his system at a therapeutic amount that Coroner Nigel Parsely deemed was likely to be medication for his gym injury. No other abnormal findings were discovered during the toxicology investigation.

Suffolk Coroner's Court (56812173)
Suffolk Coroner's Court (56812173)

A post-mortem examination was unable to conclude a cause of death, finding no injuries and no issues with the 33-year-old's internal organs.

For this reason, Mr Parsely ruled the medical cause of death was unascertained and recorded an open conclusion.

Giving the ruling, Mr Parsely said he thought it was 'more likely than not' that Pawel has 'succumbed to a natural event' but that he could not record natural causes due to the lack of medical evidence.

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