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Holidaymaker dies of pneumonia, brain injury and excess alcohol

PUBLISHED: 14:52 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 29 June 2018

Carrow House.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Carrow House. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A holidaymaker died from a traumatic brain injury, pneumonia and excess alcohol, an inquest opening has heard.

Norfolk Coroner’s Court heard today, that Gordon Smith, a golf caddie from Fife, had been on holiday when he was admitted to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, where he died on June 8.

Mr Smith, 67, was born in Aberdeen and lived at Sandyhill Crescent in St Andrews, a town south-east of Dundee that is globally recognised for its golf.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake said the primary cause of death was aspiration pneumonia, which is caused by breathing in vomit, a foreign object or a harmful substance.

The second cause of death was traumatic brain injury, subdural haemorrhage (a serious condition where blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain) and excess alcohol.

The inquest has been adjourned to 3pm on August 28 at Carrow House, Norwich.

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