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Family pay tribute to much loved Teesside journalist following inquest
A FAMILY of a highly regarded North-East journalist paid tribute to his memory following an inquest today (Tuesday, August 6).
A verdict of misadventure was recorded at the inquest of Paul Gray, 44, of Londonderry Road, Stockton.
Coroner Clare Bailey was told that Mr Gray, former page-one sub-editor at the Hartlepool Mail and former Evening Gazette journalist, died of a massive internal haemorrhage.
The inquest was told Mr Gray, who picked up awards for his design skills, had battled alcoholism and the condition contributed to his death, although he had stopped drinking towards the end of his life.
Mr Gray’s sister, Sheila Sudlow, called 999 while at Mr Gray’s home after finding blood, despite her brother asking her not to. He later collapsed. Paramedics arrived in minutes and spent 40 minutes trying to save his life, twice as long as the recommended period.
Outside the inquest Mr Gray’s sisters, Sheila Sudlow and Kath Reach, paid joint tribute to their brother.
“He was a just a lovely man,” said Mrs Sudlow on behalf of herself and Mrs Reach. “People had such a lot of love for him and everyone loved him very much.”
Summing up, the coroner noted medical evidence that damage to Mr Gray’s liver was irreversible towards the end of his life, despite Mr Gray giving up alcohol.
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