Retired printer died from hypothermia, inquest heard

A retired printer died from hypothermia, an inquest heard.

Patrick Wickings, of St Elmo Road, Worthing, died on September 30 at Worthing Hospital after suffering from multiple organ failure and hypothermia.

An inquest into his death held at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday heard the 81-year-old was a “proud and private” man who rarely had visitors. On September 30, a concerned neighbour contacted the emergency services to say they had not seen Mr Wickings in three to four days.

Police and paramedics were called to Mr Wicking’s home and found him in his bedroom.

He died later that day.

West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.