An inquest has opened into the death of a man who was found unresponsive in his home after struggling with depression.

Carl Buxton, who worked as a bricklayer was aged 59 when he was found at his home on Kenneth Grove, Leigh, on February 28 this year.

An inquest into his death which opened this week heard how Mr Buxton had had difficulties with depression in previous years and was found with empty medicine containers.

Police coroners officer Stefan Wilson said: “A police investigation was carried out and there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.”

Paramedics had been called to Kenneth Grove after Mr Buxton was found and declared him dead at the scene.

He was later formally identified by his brother and a post-mortem was carried out at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan by pathologist Dr Naveen Sharma.

Dr Sharma ruled that Mr Buxton’s death had been caused by multiple drug toxicity, according to PCO Wilson.

Coroner Professor Dr Alan Walsh then ruled that a full inquest will be held later this year and requested statements from Mr Buxton’s GP, from any relevant mental health services and from Greater Manchester Police.

The hearing will be held on Monday, October 17.