Musician died after accidental heroin overdose after his band’s tour was cancelled, inquest hears – What We Know!

Mr Rocha had been to rehab and his addiction had improved before he took the fatal dose of heroin cut with isotonitazene

An aspiring musician fighting heroin habit died of an unintended overdose after Covid cancelled his band’s tour, an inquest heard. 

Dylan Rocha, 21, noticed his heroin habit worsen after the pandemic meant he couldn’t see his pals or girlfriend, his mom Claire advised the inquest.

The guitarist and singer’s band Happy2000 have been set to carry out a nationwide tour in March 2020 however it was cancelled which ‘set off’ his habit.

Mr Rocha had been to rehab and his habit had improved earlier than he took the deadly dose of heroin reduce with isotonitazene – an artificial opioid 500 instances stronger than morphine – after an evening out.

Mr Rocha had been to rehab and his habit had improved earlier than he took the deadly dose of heroin reduce with isotonitazene

Claire Rocha described her son because the ‘life and soul of the celebration,’ and stated he was ‘properly cherished, humorous and intelligent.’

She stated: ‘He had pure rhythm and performed guitar and sung. He was a part of a band Happy2000 they usually have been about to go on a nationwide tour when covid hit and it needed to be cancelled.

‘Lockdown meant he was unable to see his girlfriend or pals and set off the issue he already had with heroin.

‘Dylan was properly cherished by everybody, he was humorous, intelligent, trendy and funky. He was the life and soul of the celebration.’

The Southampton-based band had launched music on streaming platform SoundCloud.

The band posted on their Fb web page on the time of the tour being cancelled: ‘As you all know, now we have needed to cancel our upcoming tour. We’re all heartbroken and it has crushed us a bit of bit.’

Ms Rocha stated she believed her son to be undiagnosed bipolar and he turned to medicine and alcohol to self-medicate.

She stated: ‘I’m fairly certain that Dylan was undiagnosed bipolar. We needed to search non-public counselling. Dylan didn’t interact with counselling.

‘Following the break-up of a relationship, the GP prescribed him anti-depressants which he took for a couple of weeks after which stopped. He began to self-medicate with medicine and alcohol.’

Mr Rocha was discovered within the rest room of his flat that he shared along with his girlfriend Imogen Goodridge in Southampton on 24 July 2021.

Miss Goodridge advised the inquest she spent the day with Mr Rocha of their flat earlier than he went out to the pub with pals and he or she went to mattress.

She stated that she awoke naturally at round 4am and have become involved as Mr Rocha was not within the mattress subsequent to her.

Miss Goodridge then found Dylan face down of their rest room and known as an ambulance.

She stated: ‘I really feel completely devastated that I slept and I didn’t hear him. Dylan made a large affect on my life. He was such particular person and we’re all nonetheless in shock that this occurred.’

Miss Goodridge added Dylan had attended rehab and issues have been ‘good’ after he had a nasty overdose at his mom’s home in Might 2020.

Describing the incident, she stated: ‘We known as an ambulance and did CPR as they have been on their manner, they thought he did an excessive amount of heroin which induced him to fall unconscious.

‘Claire found his drug use and he or she was offended and upset and he decided that he needed to cease and he went to rehab.’

After popping out of rehab, he acquired a job in clothes retailer City Outfitters which he loved however misplaced it in March 2021 as a result of workers cutbacks, the inquest heard.

Miss Goodridge stated she didn’t imagine he was utilizing heroin after leaving the rehab he attended in Bournemouth, Dorset.

The guitarist and singer's band Happy2000 were set to perform a national tour in March 2020

The guitarist and singer’s band Happy2000 have been set to carry out a nationwide tour in March 2020

A put up mortem examination discovered Mr Rocha had alcohol, morphine and ranges of isotonitazene in his system. Isotonitazene is an artificial opiod that’s used to chop heroin in order that it may be bought at cheaper costs.

The inquest heard the artificial drug is 5 hundred instances stronger than morphine.

Senior Coroner for Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton Christopher Wilkinson recorded Mr Rocha’s loss of life as unintended.

He stated: ‘The reason for Dylan’s loss of life was a drug overdose particularly morphine, isotonitazene and alcohol in his system which have mixed leaving the central nervous system melancholy and sadly his loss of life.

‘There’s nothing right here to recommend that Dylan had any intention to take his personal life. This actually is a really unhappy and tragic unintended loss of life and I’m recording his loss of life as an unintended loss of life.’