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South London Mother, 31, found by daughter, 8, dead from flu brought on by epilepsy and cocaine use


A 31-year-old South London mother of three was found by her daughter, eight, lying dead from flu brought on by epilepsy and cocaine use in her child’s room, an inquest has revealed.

Amanda White, 31, of Longfield Estate, Southwark, died from an unexpected sudden death on December 23, 2019 after falling ill with the virus Type A Influenza.

An ambulance arrived at 10.33pm when she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The married mother-of-one had been feeling unwell and complaining of headaches two days prior to her death, an inquest into her death held on Tuesday (October 26) at London Inner South Coroner’s Court heard.

Coroner Michelle Haste said the post-mortem evidence that Amanda was a user of the illegal drug cocaine – a substance that worsened the virus.

Amanda also suffered from epilepsy and was known to have epileptic seizures while sleeping so took prescribed drugs from her GP to prevent them from happening.

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Both the cocaine use and epilepsy caused the influenza to become fatal for Amanda, Ms Haste said.

Codeine and paracetamol were also found in Amanda’s stomach after her death.

She was found by her daughter lying on the child’s bedroom floor with no injuries or open wounds.

Her husband, Anthony White, 49, confirmed Amanda’s identity after her death. He had known her for 10 years.

The couple shared three kids together aged three, seven and eight.

The family left no statement and did not attend the inquest.

Coroner Ms Michelle Haste said: “Nothing should be read into this, it is not unusual for families to find it incredibly difficult to provide a statement. It is completely understandably.

“The family are in distress.”

Ms Michelle offered her “sincere apologies” to the unattending family before giving her verdict.

She said: “My narrative conclusion is that Amanda White died of natural causes which were brought on by both cocaine and epilepsy.”

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