The Cumbrian News & Star reports that a UK coroner has ruled that a 51-year-old former Deutsche and JPMorgan investment banker died after accidentally overdosing on heroin after drinking tea made with crushed opium seeds he bought on the internet.
Nicholas Tyrrell, who was formerly Managing Director and Head of European Real Estate Research and Stretegy over at JPMorgan Asset Management, and previously worked at Deutsche Bank, was found dead last August in Cumbria, where he went to escape the 'rat race'.
Tyrrell is said to have been discovered when police forced their way into his property after neighbours reported that he hadn't been seen for a few days. He is believed to have battled with anxiety and depression for a number of years, and wasn't working at the time of his death.
Coroner David Roberts, who ruled that Tyrrell died of misadventure, said: 'He had started taking heroin again in the form of crushed poppy seeds in tea. The fact that he stopped for a time and then started again meant that his tolerance levels were lower. He accidentally overdosed and didn't take his own life. He was a highly intelligent man who knew he was taking a risk with unprescribed drugs'.
Despite his problems, Tyrrell has a successful career in the banking industry and enjoyed a reputation as an insightful applied economist and analyst of real estate markets.