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Ex-Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable’s death was accidental, inquest rules

A coroner has given a ruling of accidental death at the inquest of former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable who was found dead at his home near Aberdare in June this year.

Stuart Cable

Thousands of fans lined the streets of Aberdare for his funeral

An inquest heard he died following several days of heavy drinking and that he choked on his own vomit.

The 40-year-old was found dead at his home in Llwydcoed, near Aberdare, by his partner Rachel Jones at 05.30 on June 7.

The inquest was told that he was more than five times over the drink drive limit. He had 407mg of alcohol per 100 mls – the legal limit is 80mg.

His family said they would never be able to put into words how much he meant to them.

The hearing was told that Mr. Cable went out with his ex-wife Nicola and nine-year-old son to a rugby club where he began his drinking session.

Det Sgt Richey Jones said: “Nicola later informed his girlfriend Rachel that Stuart had been drinking large amounts of vodka during the evening and hadn’t eaten properly.”

He then hosted a radio show for BBC Wales in Cardiff the next day – but then left at 20:00 BST.

Det Sgt Jones said: “He went straight to his local Welsh Harp pub where he began drinking.

“Rachel went to bed at 22.30 and was woken at 01.30 when she heard music from favourite band AC/DC being played downstairs. This was a clear sign that Stuart had returned.”

The inquest heard Stuart had taken friend Simon Collier back to his home in Llwydcoed, Aberdare, to carry on drinking.

The court heard he continued drinking “very large quantities” of vodka and Jack Daniels until 05:00.

Cable woke in the afternoon and returned to the pub where he and Mr Collier continued drinking.

The inquest heard that at 2300 BST he told Rachel he was getting a taxi home and asked her to order a Chinese takeaway to the pub, before returning home with Mr Collier.

Det Sgt Jones said: “Stuart was extremely drunk but got a bottle of vodka out of the fridge and continued drinking it neat.

“He also drank Jack Daniels. He fell asleep on the sofa and Rachel later went to wake him by tapping his head and lifting his eyes.”

But efforts to wake Stuart failed and she went to bed without him. The inquest heard she went back down at 05.30 and found Stuart collapsed on the floor.

Det Sgt Jones said: “She knew instantly that something was wrong because he was in the same position she left him.

“She checked his airways and noticed there was vomit.”

Ms. Jones screamed at his friend: “He’s not breathing. There is something wrong.” before she ran into the street to flag down the first car which happened to be driven by Stuart’s cousin Aaron Cable.

He tried to revive Stuart before paramedics arrived. But there was nothing they could do.

Pathologist David Stock gave the cause of death for Mr. Cable as choking on his own vomit caused by acute alcohol poisoning.

Stuart Cable was a founding member of the Stereophonics band along with friends Kelly Jones and Richard Jones in 1992.

He left following a split in 2003 and was promoting his new band Killing for Company at the time of his death.

Killing for Company Remember Stuart

A well known radio DJ he had a weekly show on BBC Radio Wales and had previously hosted a TV chat show Cable TV.

Speaking at the inquest Det Sgt Jones said: “Stuart was an extremely well-liked man. In addition to being universally liked as a person, his musical talent and accompanying fame meant he had a large fan base and he was easily recognisable.

“It is no exaggeration to say Stuart Cable is one of the most famous people in Aberdare and local people are extremely proud of him.”

Thousands of fans turned out to his funeral this summer, bringing Aberdare to a standstill.

Since his death, his partner Ms. Jones has been helping promote Killing for Company, the band Cable was in at the time of his death.

The band recently released their download-only single Former Mining Town in memory of the musician.

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