A man who died shortly after discovering he was going to become a father again has been described as a “loving person”.

Gary Gordon Wilson, 31, of Needham Drive, Workington, died at his mum’s house on North Watt Street in the town on October 24 last year.

“He was a loving person, always pleasant with people and would talk to absolutely anybody,” his mum told the inquest.

“He was close to us all.”

Mr Wilson and his partner Kelly Williams had a daughter, Caleia, and had learned shortly before his death that they were expecting a baby boy.

Their son, Azron Gordon, was born at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven last month.

The inquest in Cockermouth heard that Mr Wilson had been out drinking in Workington when he became intoxicated and fell, banging his head.

He was helped to his mum’s house, where he appeared to fall asleep on the sofa but later slumped to the floor.

His family called for an ambulance but paramedics were unable to revive Mr Wilson and he was pronounced dead at 10.15pm.

Coroner Kirsty Gomersal concluded that Mr Wilson died as a result of alcohol and diazepam intoxication, with heart disease a contributing cause.

She said: “It seems to be the unintended consequence of a social afternoon and evening.”

A toxicology report confirmed Mr Wilson had “high” concentrations of alcohol and diazepam in his system, as well as a low concentration of gabapentin.

A post-mortem examination showed that the blow to Mr Wilson’s head when he fell had not caused any injuries.

A statement was read from Michael Shaw, who met Mr Wilson for the first time on the night of his death.

Mr Shaw said he had been playing pool with friends at the Union Jack Club, in Gladstone Street, when Mr Wilson came over and introduced himself.

The group invited Mr Wilson to join them when they moved to JJ’s, in New South Watt Street, and they continued to drink for about two hours before Mr Wilson disappeared.

Mr Shaw spotted him on CCTV falling and hitting his head outside the pub, so brought him back inside and got him a glass of water.

He then went to buy some cigarettes from a nearby shop.

When he returned, Mr Shaw decided to take Mr Wilson to his mum’s house, which he said was not far away.

Mr Shaw said his new friend was struggling to stand up, but was still chatting before he dropped him off at about 8pm.

The inquest heard that Mr Wilson enjoyed playing football and rugby league and supported Rangers FC and Workington Town RLFC.

He worked as a refuse collector; a job which he loved.