X Factor star Cher Lloyd‘s beloved uncle died after being tricked into taking a lethal heroin substitute, an inquest heard.
Cher was devastated when her uncle Edward Smith, known locally as ‘Boo Boo’, died suddenly aged just 34 in September.
Shockingly, an inquest revealed Mr Smith – who was not a drug user – died from a methadone overdose after he was ”deceived” into taking the deadly drug.
Methadone is a powerful heroin substitute normally given to recovering drug addicts.
Recording an open verdict, Worcestershire Coroner Geraint Williams said: ”The evidence indicates that somebody gave Boo Boo methadone.
”I’m satisfied he was deceived into that, but I don’t know who gave it to him.”
Mr Smith’s body was found by his 11-year-old son at the family’s home in Malvern, Worcs., on the morning of September 24.
The before night he died Mr Smith – who lives just a few hundred yards from Cher’s family home – visited his neighbour Jason Woodman, who had been a methadone user for 15 years.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Mr Smith’s family blamed Woodman for giving him the drug.
Mr Smith’s partner Cirsty Banford, 30, had returned from a night bingo with Cher’s mum Dinah on September 23 and saw him on the sofa.
She told the inquest at Stourport-on-Severn: ”I came home about 10pm and Boo Boo was on the sofa, he looked asleep.
”I assumed he had been drinking and taken anti-depressant medication so left him asleep and went to bed.
”The next morning my son walked into the front room and said ‘Daddy doesn’t look very well.’
”There is no way in this life he [Mr Smith] would have taken that [methadone] if he knew what it was.”
Mr Smith’s sister Rose, blamed Woodman for tricking her brother into taking the drug.
Turning to face Woodman, who was at the inquest to give evidence, she said: “If you and Boo Boo are that close: you’re the only one who uses methadone up there and then this happens to Boo Boo.
”Who else are we going to think it is?”
Woodman denied giving father-of-six Mr Smith the drug and claimed Cher’s family were trying to ”stitch me up”.
Family friend Jethro Smith told the inquest he saw Woodman with his head in his hands the morning Mr Smith’s body was found.
He said: ”I saw Mr Woodman and he kept saying ‘What have I done, what have I done?”
Today Woodman’s house was boarded-up and neighbours said he had moved away from the area.
One said: ”After Boo Boo died he upped and left. No one has seen him for weeks. He’s a loser whose got in over his head with this.”
Hundred’s of Cher’s family, who are proud Romany gypsies, turned out for Mr Edward’s funeral in October.
hi cher it is coral i am really sorry about your uncle hope you are ok i have been voiting for you you will win the x factor do it for your uncle please be good lots of love coralxxxx<3 <3
WOW YOU ARE AN IDIOT. she doesnt own this website dumbass, nor does she read it.
hi it is coral again hope you win the x factor i have been voiting for you keep up the good work pleasssse and bobs your tea pot lot of love cozzer<3 <3 xxx hope you right backxxxx
i dont now why people hate her there is nothink wrong with her
whats right. the most horrid spoilt crying face child lock her away in a cupboard throw away the key knock down the house
some one wants to put a red hot iron bar up your a**
are your ears blocked
there is a god after all,but is there also a water shORTAGE/NO TEARS