A family holiday to Disney World turned to tragedy when a dad suddenly had a heart attack and died with fatal levels of killer drug fentanyl in his system.
Philip Weybourne, from Kent, had been relaxing at the famous site in Florida, United States with his wife and young son.
On the evening of May 23, 2020, the 40-year-old wanted to continue drinking after enjoying a champagne lunch with his wife and after showering went on to the Yacht Club hotel at Epcot Resorts Boulevard alone.
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But he soon collapsed and was rushed to hospital from the bar before heroic medics raced to save Philip’s life – although their attempts were fruitless and he sadly died.
A Maidstone County Hall inquest heard the dad, who was the director of a successful IT company, had powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl in his blood.
His gutted wife Dorlyn Weybourne explained: “We woke up late and had no theme parks to attend on that day.
“It was just going to be a relaxing day, we booked a meal at the Boat House, a seafood restaurant at Disney Springs which is also home to tours in vintage amphibious automobiles…”
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Her statement added: “We had the best lunch, we drunk champagne like we did when we lived in Dubai.
“Afterwards we went on an amphibious car ride and to end our day we headed back to the hotel at about 5.30pm.”
But a few hours after her husband then set off to the bar on his own, she heard an unexpected knock on her hotel door and was told the worrying news that he had been urgently taken to hospital.
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Assistant coroner Catherine Wood told the inquiry: “This must have been very difficult and distressing for Mr Weybourne's family.
“I don't know the circumstances that led up to his death as Mr Weybourne died in another country.
“He had no underlying health issues and I am content, after the findings of the autopsy, that his death was caused by fatal levels of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid used as a pain medication.”
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