Devoted dad in sudden death

Sad loss: Emma Murray-Davidson with husband Edward on their wedding day
Sad loss: Emma Murray-Davidson with husband Edward on their wedding day
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A healthy dad collapsed and died after suffering sudden adult death syndrome, an inquest has heard.

Edward Murray-Davidson, 28, a married dad-of-two, of Royal Avenue, Leyland, was pronounced dead on December 9 last year after being discovered collapsed at home by son Andrew, now eight.

An inquest at Preston Coroner’s Court on Tuesday heard the dad-of-two, who was a keen cricket player for Gregson Lane Cricket Club, had collapsed and died after his heart began to beat with an ‘unusual rhythm’.

A post-mortem examination found no underlying issues, which may have contributed to his death and further tests on his heart, concluded he had died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Pathologist Dr Jane Edwards, said: “What it is really is an arhythmia. The heart suddenly decides not to beat properly.

“It starts to beat in an unusual rhythm which causes collapse and death.

“We have about one or two of these cases a year.”

Dr Edwards added it was a “conclusion of exclusions.”

The assistant deputy coroner Sian Jones, found he died of natural causes.

She said: “By reason of the fact that despite detailed investigation nothing else could be found.

“The pathologist has concluded that Edward died of sudden adult death syndrome, which was not to be anticipated and he certainly doesn’t seem to have complained of specific ill health, or having experienced anything specific prior to his death.”

Mr Murray-Davidson had separated from wife Emma, 29, of Crofters Walk, Penwortham, but they remained close and brought the children up together.

Speaking after the inquest, she said: “He was just a really nice person who never had a bad word for anybody.

“All he ever did was think of other people but himself.

“We would drop the kids off and talk for hours, we would talk a couple of times every day.”

Mr Murray-Davidson had been studying a science course at Runshaw College when he died and also leaves behind seven-year-old daughter Claire.