Les McKeown: Bay City Rollers star dies aged 65
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The Scottish pop star died suddenly on April 20 at home and his family announced the sad news to his fans. The cause of his death has now been confirmed at Poplar Coroner’s Court with the Coroner Madam Hassell presiding over proceedings.
Les’ wife, Peko Keiko, and their son Jubei were in attendance as the cause of death was revealed.
Madam Hassell said Les died of a number of natural causes, including long-term blood pressure.
She said: “It was partly natural, it was long-term high blood pressure, and it was partly a consequence of the long-term use of excessive use of alcohol and drugs.
“In terms of a determination, the only proper thing for me to do is explain that. It means it’s not quite as neat as saying this was natural causes or accident or drug or alcohol-related.
“It was drug and alcohol-related in the sense it was the long-term use of drug and alcohol abuse.”
The Coroner clarified that Les had not abused substances on the day of his death.
She continued: “It was not an abuse of drug and alcohol use that day.
“The toxicological analysis was negative – no alcohol, no drugs.
“This wasn’t an overdose. It wasn’t an alcohol binge.
“I make the determination Leslie McKeown died from a combination of a natural cause, being long-term blood pressure and the long-term effects of alcohol and drugs.”
Les’ family took to social media to share the latest update on his death.
Jubei paid tribute to his dad in a poignant tribute signed by both him and his mother.
He wrote: “My Dad always wore his heart on his sleeve so it wasn’t surprising to hear the coroner say that he had a ‘heavy heart’.”
Peko “burst into tears” as the Coroner read out her statement during the inquest, according to SWNS.
The statement purportedly read: “I left the house at 9.20am to go to tennis practice and my husband wanted to help me take my bike downstairs. He kissed me goodbye and went back upstairs.
“I returned at 11.30am. I placed the key in the front door but it wouldn’t move as if something was in the way. I pushed the door and I saw my husband’s head on the door and he was not moving.
“I called out to my son and he was in his room on the second floor.
“As soon as he came downstairs Leslie was not breathing and I was trying to call 999.
“We moved him out of the doorway so I could come inside. I started doing mouth-to-mouth. My husband was pale but still warm. I got my phone out to call the ambulance, but it wouldn’t go through as it was still connected to my bike’s Bluetooth. I saw a man passing by and asked him to call an ambulance.
“My son and I continued chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth. The ambulance arrived around 20 minutes later.”
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