Teacher who was found dead wrapped in duvet 'died from natural causes'

Teacher, 33, who was found dead face down and wrapped in his duvet died from natural causes, inquest hears

  • Ramsay Urquhart, 33, was found dead at his east London flat in April 2019
  • He had been staying in capital for two weeks and complained about pranksters
  • Authorities confirmed ‘nothing to suggest it is anything other than natural cause’
  • But Mr Urquhart’s father has alleged that there was some kind of cover-up 
  • He has since lodged a complaint with the Independent Office for Police Conduct

A teacher who was found face down wrapped in his duvet died from natural causes, an inquest was told. 

Ramsay Urquhart, who grew up in Inverness and met his wife in China where he taught English, was found dead at his east London flat in April 2019.

The 33-year-old diabetic had only been in London for two weeks looking for work and, just four days before his body was found, he had complained to the Metropolitan Police about being plagued by pranksters.

Authorities have since confirmed that there is ‘nothing to suggest this is anything other than a natural cause’. 

But Mr Urquhart’s father, Murdo, has alleged that there was some kind of cover-up over his son’s death and lodged a complaint with the Independent Office for Police Conduct. 

Ramsay Urquhart, who grew up in Inverness and met his wife Pan Ei Phyu (pictured together on their wedding day) in China where he taught English, was found dead at his east London flat in April 2019

Police broke into his Mr Urquhart’s flat after his family expressed concern for his welfare.

Officers found him face down, wrapped in a duvet and wearing trousers and a T-shirt.

He had been dead for a matter of days and bodily fluids had pooled in his body, leading to a degree of decomposition.

Rather than being bruised, his body was showing signs of discolouration caused by a process known as hypostasis, the inquest in Sunderland was told.

An ambulance worker who attended the scene was shocked to find he was white as she initially thought he was a ‘person of colour’, the inquest heard.

Pathologist Dr Rowena Smith carried out a post mortem on April 26 – eight days after he was found.

The 33-year-old diabetic (pictured previously) had only been in London for two weeks looking for work and, just four days before his body was found, he had complained to the Metropolitan Police about being plagued by pranksters

She ruled out foul play having examined the body and said the cause of death was ‘unascertained’.

The coroner heard it was likely he had suffered a diabetic attack or he could have had Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Mr Urquhart had previously experienced hypoglycaemic episodes which put him in hospital.

Sweets and fizzy drinks were found in the room, the inquest heard.

Home Office pathologist Dr Jennifer Bolton reviewed the post mortem and was confident that Mr Urquhart had not suffered bruising and the discolouration was due to the pooled bodily fluids.

‘Ultimately we have nothing to suggest this is anything other than a natural cause,’ she said. 

‘The difficulty is knowing which natural cause.’ 

Mr Urquhart had complained to the Metropolitan Police about being plagued by pranksters just four days before he was found dead.

He had published his phone number to get teaching work and was being called repeatedly by ‘kids’ who called him ‘Gordon Ramsay’, the inquest heard.

PC Nikki Yianni spoke to Mr Urquhart and told the hearing she and a colleague were with him for around 45 minutes, speaking to him in their patrol car, and that at one point she took one of the prank calls herself and told the hoaxer they needed to stop.

She said Mr Urquhart was alive and well when they parted and he was content with the police’s actions.

His grieving father, who was watching the hearing via a videolink, has alleged there was some kind of cover-up about his son’s death and lodged a complaint with the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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