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Heart attack killed tragic recluse Alan

A RECLUSIVE man whose body remained undiscovered for three months at his home died of a massive heart attack.

The remains of Alan Moore (right) were found on March 18 when a woman noticed Christmas-tree lights in the window of a Wexford house.

His funeral last April was attended by his two brothers, Philip and Stewart Moore, who described Alan as a highly educated, musical man who had travelled the world.

However, none of the family were able to attend Mr Moore's inquest yesterday at the Talbot Hotel in Wexford, where the coroner heard how Mr Moore's remains had been found some months after his death in the house he was renting on Lower John Street.

After a concerned woman raised the alarm, Garda Emma Duane called to the house but got no answer.

Following house-to-house enquiries, she discovered that nobody knew the name of the man who lived at the address. Locating a key, she found his body slumped by the bed.

Mr Moore (61) had a heart condition and had been on medication.

A post-mortem was conducted by Adetola Oshi at Waterford Regional Hospital mortuary on March 20.

He concluded death was due to severe coronary artery disease. He said he could only guess the date of death, suggesting it was any time between late December and 28 days before he was found.

County Coroner Sean Nixon said Mr Moore died a natural death. Describing him as reclusive, Dr Nixon said neighbours were upset after Mr Moore's death, but it appeared little could have been done for him as he had collapsed and died suddenly.

Irish Independent