Banker drank himself to death at friend's wedding, inquest hears
London - A high-flying banker was found dead in his hotel room after a night of heavy drinking celebrating his friend’s wedding.
Andrew Giddings, 35, was so drunk he was falling over and bar staff at the reception had been told to stop serving him, an inquest heard.
At one point he banged the back of his head, and the contents of his stomach entered his lungs.
Mr Giddings’s girlfriend Louise Murray, 30, told the hearing she found him unresponsive at 5 am.
She said they had travelled from their home in Greenwich, south-east London, to a wedding of two of her friends in Chester on May 26, and then gone on to Nunsmere Hall hotel nearby, where they were staying after the reception.
They had champagne and drinks in the afternoon before an evening buffet – then drinks afterwards, including shots.
Miss Murray said: ‘I felt a bit drunk and I went to bed around 11 pm. I left Andy at the bar. I did think he was very drunk but I did not have concerns leaving him because he was with friends.’
At 1 am porters who had found Mr Giddings on the corridor floor knocked on the door. They carried him into their room and put him on the floor by the bed.
Miss Murray told the hearing he was unresponsive but breathing, so she put him in the recovery position so he could breathe easily.
‘I thought he would sleep it off,’ she said. ‘I watched him for 15 to 20 minutes before falling asleep.’
But when she woke again at 5am she got no response. She said: ‘He was still on the floor at the end of the bed. He was lying on his back and his lips were blue.’
Miss Murray called reception who dialled 999 but when paramedics arrived at 5.28 am they found no pulse. It emerged bar staff had been told to stop serving Mr Giddings around midnight. Tests found he was three-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.
The causes of death were given as aspiration of gastric contents and alcohol intoxication. Assistant Coroner Heath Westerman recorded a conclusion of misadventure at the Crewe inquest.
Mr Giddings, who had recently set up his own finance company after working for banks including Santander and HSBC, had been planning to propose to Miss Murray in Las Vegas and was getting an engagement ring made.