Vicky Pattison’s best friend Paul Burns died after taking MDMA and collapsing – OK! magazine

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Vicky Pattison’s best friend Paul Burns died after taking MDMA and collapsing – OK! magazine

Vicky Pattison has celebrated her first birthday without best friend Paul BurnsVicky Pattison’s best friend Paul Burns sadly passed away in June  [Instagram/Vicky Pattison]

Vicky Pattison’s best friend, nightclub owner Paul Burns, died after collapsing on a night out with friends, an inquest has heard.

The 37 year old, who was dubbed Mr Newcastle, died after finishing his shift at The Botanist at 11pm on June 1 and heading out with friends in the city centre.

Coroner Karen Dilks told the hearing that, in the early hours of June 2, Paul was found lying unresponsive on a pavement.

Paul Burns was the manager of The Botanist in Newcastle Paul Burns was the manager of The Botanist in Newcastle [Facebook ]

Vicky Pattison broke down in tears as she opened up about the death of her best friend Paul BurnsVicky Pattison broke down in tears as she opened up about the death of her best friend Paul Burns [ITV]

Paramedics arrived at the scene and attempted to resuscitate him, but he was confirmed dead. 

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The coroner said that a post-mortem showed no obvious signs of natural disease, while a toxicology report confirmed the presence of MDMA.

She said the concentration of the drug was “high in relation to the typical concentration in recreational users”.

Vicky Pattison's best friend Paul Burns has died suddenly Vicky Pattison’s best friend Paul Burns died suddenly [Vicky Pattison/Instagram ]

Detective Sergeant Richard Anderson Northumbria Police found “nothing to suggest any third party involvement in Paul’s death, no suspicious circumstances and no link between Paul’s death and any other death.”

Ms Dilks said: “Given the evidence I have heard today it’s clear Paul Burns had no natural disease that could explain his death – the only significant finding was that of the toxicological findings of the level of MDMA.

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“The conclusion I must report is that it was a drug related death.” 

Geordie Shore's Kyle Christie also paid tribute to Paul Burns on Twitter Geordie Shore’s Kyle Christie also paid tribute to Paul Burns on Twitter [Kyle Christie/Twitter ]

Vicky Pattison had been with best friend Paul for a “make-shift birthday” for her friend, just the night before he passed away.

Speaking in her first television interview since his death, Vicky revealed her struggle with grief in the months since his death.

She said: “I just don’t think anything can prepare you for a loss like that. It’s dramatic and unanticipated.”

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