AN EPILEPTIC man from Yate was found dead in his home by a friend two days after Christmas, an inquest into his death today heard.

Christopher Armstrong, 50, was found dead by a friend on December 27 2016 after his care service, concerned that they had not heard from him for two days, called a friend to check on him.

When he arrived at his home in Stanshawes Drive he found Mr Armstrong collapsed on the floor and subsequently called for emergency services.

PCs Cheryl Aucott and Steve Dexter were first to arrive at the house and, in a statement read out at the inquest, PC Aucott said she found Mr Armstrong lying on the floor and described his body as being “cold to the touch” and no signs of any disturbance.

Due to issues with his epilepsy, alcohol dependency and memory loss, Mr Armstrong required support from carers they discovered that he had not taken his medication since December 25.

Avon Coroner’s Court assistant coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said that evidence uncovered in a post mortem showed that his body could have been “in situ for a few days”.

In a statement at the inquest, his GP Dr Chris Paxton said that he was born with hydrocephalus and was receiving treatment for alcohol abuse and epilepsy.

He described his epilepsy as being “poorly controlled” with Mr Armstrong suffering from three to four seizures a year.

Opened in August and adjourned until today to allow for further inquiries to be carried out, the inquest was concluded by Dr Harrowing who recorded a death of natural causes.