Grandfather dies after trying to keep up with 'younger and fitter' colleagues

An investigation has heard a “beloved” grandfather die after taking a “toxic mix” of drugs to keep up with the “younger and fitter” men he worked with.

Nicholas MacBeath, 44, took a lethal amount of drugs at a Manchester fun fair in July 2019 to take on his colleagues. reports the MEN.

After sustaining a back injury from falling off a motorcycle just months earlier, Mr. MacBeath began taking “amphetamines”.

However, on July 25, 2019, he was rushed to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at home. He died that afternoon in North Manchester General Hospital.

During an investigation into his death, his daughter Sophie Burkhill said: “He struggled with work but he enjoyed it [others working at the funfair] are young, fit, can move things, are quick on their feet.

“It wasn’t intended that he took [the medication] just to keep up with them. It was a tough job, he worked in the blazing sun. “

The 26-year-old said her father had struggled with his mental health and was concerned about an upcoming court date but could “see the light at the end of the tunnel” and was “back to his normal self.”

He also had severe psychological episodes and had a painful tooth extraction in the week before his death, coroner Zak Golombeck told the court. An autopsy later revealed that he had ingested a toxic mixture of amphetamine and died of “large aspiration of food material”.

The coroner withdrew to review all the evidence before reaching a conclusion about the mishap.

He said: “He felt positive about his family, his work and his life. He worked in a fairground, he worked extremely hard.

“Taking into account the special circumstances under which he worked under extreme conditions – the weather, but also his mental and physical health. He took these amphetamines to keep up with his surroundings and his own mind in hopes that he could get his job done.

Sophie remembered the week before his death when he visited her unannounced and surprised her by hiding behind the door and “terrifying the life out of her.”

Then he sat on the stairs with his two granddaughters and cheekily ate a whole pack of Jaffa cakes with them before dinner.

In homage to ‘Grandad Chicken’ she said, “He was nice, he would do anything for everyone and you could call him at two in the morning and he would jump in his car and get there.

“He loved everyone. He would do anything. He was definitely a family man.”

His partner, Tammy Thompson, said so Manchester evening news that Nick was a “very beloved” father of 11 and grandpa of 10 children.

She described how she plans a future with him after long days at work, sitting on the sofa, cuddling and talking together about retirement.

She said: “He loved nothing more than being the focus of the family, he was larger than life with an even bigger heart and also loved his motorcycle and his days with his ‘biker family’.

“He loved being on the coast, we always wanted to retreat there.

“His hobbies have always been very busy – from making me a coffee table to trying to rebuild a huge airplane for our youngest two boys that he used in his youth. He had so many practical ideas – he built towards the end Bicycles around, he was at his eldest son’s house working on woodwork, and he was tinkering in his parents’ garage and also helping out with parts for his eldest daughter.

“At work, his heart was always with the fairground. He loved the hustle and bustle of set-up and waltzing when he was younger.

“His family, his parents were his pride and joy – our family life was a mess, but it feels so empty now, especially after a long, hard, busy day when we’d just like to curl up and watch random movies who plan our lives. “

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