Inquest opens into death of young Chesterfield man

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An inquest has been opened into the death of a 25-year-old man.

The body of Jamie Stone was discovered at a property in Malson Way, Newbold, on Friday, June 5.

The late Aidan Karpenko.

The late Aidan Karpenko.

His death comes almost a year after his friend Aidan Karpenko died after taking a deadly legal high on June 25, 2014.

The two were childhood friends.

Speaking at Mr Karpenko’s inquest in November, Mr Stone said: “Aidan was like a kid brother to me.”

Mr Stone’s inquest was opened at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Wednesday.

Coroner James Newman said: “I understand that Jamie may not have been seen for some time, certainly not since around May 27, 2015.”

Mr Newman said his office was still awaiting post-mortem results to ascertain the cause of Mr Stone’s death and a police file to help establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

He adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

Louise Lowe, Mr Karpenko’s foster mother, said: “I’m thinking about Jamie’s family.

“No words can ease the heartache.”

A former Chesterfield College student, Mr Karpenko was a talented musician and worked as a bartender at Frankie and Benny’s in the town.

Family described him as “bright, loving and talented”.

Post-mortem tests revealed Mr Karpenko, of Chesterfield Road, Holmewood, died of cardiorespiratory depression due to Etizolam toxicity.

Etizolam is used as a medicine in Japan and India to treat anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks.

The drug is not licensed as a medicine in the UK – although it is not classed as an illegal substance.

Mr Newman recorded a conclusion of accidental death at Mr Karpenko’s inquest.

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