An England fan who tragically died whilst celebrating Harry Kane’s goal against Germany during this year’s Euro 2020 has been described by his mum as “my first ever best friend”.
Charlie Naughton, 29, was in a pub enjoying the match with loved ones when he jumped up in excitement over the strike, before taking a sudden fall and hitting his head.
According to the Mirror, the loyal Chelsea fan died approximately an hour later in hospital on June 29, despite a coroner describing him as “fit and well”.
A pathologist was unable to determine a cause of death and a coroner recorded an open conclusion.
A post-mortem found Charlie was only just over the drink-excursion limit and there was no evidence he had taken drugs, West London Coroner’s Court heard.
In a statement, the family paid tribute to the “happy-go-lucky and loyal” bricklayer who “adored” his family and Chelsea FC.
His mum Karen Sayer said: “Chelsea was his true love. He travelled land and sea to sustain and watch them.
“He took regular bike rides and would walk his beloved dog Mush. He was a hard-working man – working every day on various sites and doing private work as he was a fully qualified bricklayer.
“Charlie loved his family dearly. Charlie enjoyed time with his mates, most of whom he had gone to nursery with.
“He was with his best mates when he passed. He enjoyed many holidays together, sometimes twice a year together as a family.
“He was the most loyal and respectful person you would meet. He was always concerned about other people, especially his sisters and mum.”
She said over 1,300 people attended his funeral as Charlie had many friends.
She additional: “Charlie’s passing has had a enormous effect on many many people. Never did we expect to walk out of his front door one morning to never come back. Absolute heartbreak and devastation all in the blink of an eye.
“He had his whole life and a million dreams in front of him. He was my first ever best friend, my everything.”
The inquest heard Charlie was at a pub in Uxbridge, west London, watching the game with friends and his dad, and had drunk around six pints of lager.
An ambulance was called at 6.46pm and paramedics found he had an irregular heartbeat.
Despite resuscitation attempts, Charlie was distinct dead around an hour later at Hillingdon Hospital A&E.
It was said the only injuries found on Charlie were a bruise on his head and a bitten tongue, the inquest heard.
The post-mortem did not find any evidence he had a heart attack and there were no findings of heart or lung disease.
Pathologist Dr Hiam Ali said Charlie died of “sudden adult death”.
Mrs Sayer told the inquest her son had been wrongfully described as a “regular cocaine user” in documents sent to the coroner.
She said: “It states Charlie was a regular cocaine user – that’s not the case. He was in no way a regular user, that information to me shouldn’t be there.”
Coroner Lydia Brown said: “There was no evidence of recent cocaine use. It wasn’t found in the toxicology.”
She additional: “I’m afraid when you analyse sudden adult death that it doesn’t explain anything at all. It’s used when you can’t find a reason why Charlie is not with us.”
Recording an open conclusion, the coroner said: “Charlie was watching a game of football in a public house on the 29 June 2021 when he collapsed.
“There were no meaningful injuries consistent. Paramedics resuscitated him at the scene and conveyed him to Hillingdon Hospital by ambulance where continued resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
“I will be recording what is known as an open conclusion – it method the evidence does not reach the test I’m obliged to use. We have depleted all lines of enquiry.
“It doesn’t really provide the family with any further explanation. It’s exceptionally scarce where someone dies in these circumstances.”
The inquest heard Charlie tested positive for coronavirus in January this year and had received both doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine however this was not thought to be related to his death.
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