A MAN was found dead in his home after suffering heart failure, an inquest was told.

Timothy Smith, of Rodwell Road, Weymouth, died on July 25 in his flat.

The 52-year-old was divorced and unemployed.

A pathologist’s report found the cause of death to be an enlarged heart, which led to an arrhythmia.

The report said the condition can be caused by excessive drinking, the condition of the liver also showed signs of excessive alcohol consumption.

Mr Smith was obese, which would have been an extra burden on his heart, the inquest was told.

West Dorset Coroner Michael Johnston recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

He said: “Mr Smith was found dead at his flat in Weymouth.

“The cause of death was an enlarged heart which led to arrhythmia with a secondary condition of obesity.”

Speaking to Mr Smith’s sister, who attended the inquest, he said: “Thank you for coming, I’m very sorry about your brother.”