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Tuesday 1 September 2015

Man dies after picking his nose

Published 08/12/2008

A man died because he picked his nose so much that he bled to death, an inquest has heard.

Manchester coroner Nigel Meadows said about the death of 63-year-old Ian Bothwell: "There is no explanation for this death other than he died from a nose-bleed, consistent with picking his nose. I do not think for a moment he knew what he was doing was going to cause his death."

He recorded a verdict of misadventure.

A pathologist concluded that Mr Bothwell, who suffered from dementia brought on by alcoholism, had picked his nose so much that it had caused him to bleed to death.

His body was found by John Edwards, the manager of the Royal Court block of flats in Ladybarn, Manchester -- where Mr Bothwell lived alone - on September 5.

Mr Edwards told the inquest: "I thought he must have fallen out of bed and hit his head but it was obvious he was dead."

Dr Emyr Benbow, the consultant who carried out the post-mortem examination, said he could find no evidence that a bang to Mr Bothwell's head had contributed to his death.

The only place he found any contributory evidence was inside Mr Bothwell's nasal cavity, which was full of blood.

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