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A teenager who died from inhaling deodorant gas was found collapsed and surrounded by 42 cans, an inquest has heard.
Thomas Townsend, 16, used deodorant to wash himself instead of taking showers and would go through a can a week, his mother Sally Townsend said.
The inquest, held in Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, Kent, today (Wednesday January 6), heard Thomas ‘succumbed to the effects of the gas’ on August 29 last year.
Speaking at the inquest, Sally Townsend said: ‘He would not take showers but would stand there with a deodorant and spray half the can on him.
‘Then he would spray aftershave to cover up BO.
‘He would go through a can a week. I didn’t know he had so many cans in his room but he was a big hoarder.’
The inquest heard Thomas had been in a foster home for five years. He moved to a children’s home in Folkestone last February, but struggled to settle at first.
However, he finally settled into the home and was due to start college later in the year, with the hope of having a career as a farrier.
He showed no interest in taking his life or substance abuse, the inquest was told.
On the day of his death, staff member Lucy Banyard discovered Thomas’ body on the landing outside his bedroom on the top floor of the home.
He was collapsed on his knees against the bed, leaning forward. Paramedics were called but he could not be revived.
Police examined his room and found 42 mostly empty cans of deodorant and hair spray.
Recording a conclusion of accidental death, coroner Rachel Redman said: ‘He sprayed it all over himself and succumbed to the effects of the gas.’