A WINCHESTER man was found dead in his home after an overdose of prescribed drugs, an inquest heard.

David Gibbs, 49, of Lower Brook Street, died on December 6 2022. 

The inquest, on Tuesday, April 16 at Winchester Coroners' Court, heard that Mr Gibbs had a history of depression.

A post mortem by consultant pathologist Dr Balvinder Shoker found the cause of death to be drug toxicity. 

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Mr Gibbs' brother, Steven Gibbs, told the inquest about his early childhood. He said: “When we were children, he had it pretty rough from the start. Our dad was an alcoholic, but he wasn't physically abusive. He did pick on Dave. That's when the panic attacks started.”

He added that his brother's eczema impacted his self confidence and that he 'lived like a hermit'.

The inquest heard that Mr Gibbs had worked as an electrical engineer in Andover, but had been made redundant. Also that he suffered after the deaths of his mother, father and grandmother over a short period of time. 

Area coroner Jason Pegg gave the cause of death as suicide. 

Speaking to Mr Gibbs' brother, Mr Pegg said: “To you and your family you have my sincere condolences. It's clear to me you were a supportive family.”