St Albans man’s sudden death due to natural causes

A MASTER carpenter with no previous medical history died suddenly aged 30, an inquest into his death heard yesterday.

Darren Hall, of Smallford Lane, Smallford, was taken ill at home on February 21 this year when he complained that his hands were blue and he felt cold. He told his wife he was going to have a bath to get warm.

She then heard unusual noises and found her husband collapsed on the floor. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Queen Elizabeth 11 Hospital in Welwyn Garden City where he was found to be dead on arrival.

A post-mortem found there was a problem with Mr Hall’s heart. Dr Mary Sheppard of the Centre for Cardiac Pathology in London was then consulted and she confirmed cause of death as being sudden adult cardiac death due to an underlying, undetectable heart condition which caused the rhythms of the heart to be disturbed.

Coroner Graham Danbury recorded a verdict of death from natural causes.