A 'RECLUSIVE' man from Alresford died after a decline in his living conditions, an inquest heard. 

Peter Daniel Miller was discovered at his home in Ashburton Road on September 22.

The inquest head that Mr Miller, 64, had been a keen sportsman in his youth and had a degree in maths.

However, in recent years he had chosen to live in one room of his house, spending a lot of time sitting in an armchair.

He had been housebound since 2018 and was a heavy drinker.

Despite regular visits from district nurses, he refused to change his lifestyle.

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Evidence was given by one of the district nurses who cared for Mr Miller. Lucille Bryant said: “He had full mental capacity, but he chose to live like that.”

The inquest heard that a post mortem by consultant pathologist Dr Hayley Burnley. The causes of death were found to be septicaemia, bronchopneumonia, cellulitis, osteomyelitis, deep sacral pressure sore and diabetes mellitus.

Area coroner Jason Pegg said: “This is a very sad case. Despite the best efforts of the medical professionals who tried to help him, he refused help.”

Mr Pegg gave a narrative conclusion, and said his death was caused by his decision to not look after himself.

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