A 21-year-old rugby player found dead in his bed had been taking cocaine and heroin, an inquest has heard. Alex Waycot, a former member of the Leicester Tigers Academy, died suddenly in August 2019, months after his family reportedly paid for him to go on a £5,000 drugs rehab course.
The Mail Online reported that Alex died in Macclesfield, Cheshire, where he was living in rented accommodation while taking a barbering course. The inquest heard he had been found in bed by his landlord Peter Houston, who had earlier asked him to leave the flat because of “rowdy behaviour”. Mr Houston told the court in Warrington that Alex had “looked at peace”, propped up in bed with Netflix on the TV.
Alex had played for years for the youth sides at Oakham Rugby Club in Rutland and had been a pupil at Uppingham Community College, Stamford School and Stamford College.His mum Julie Baker reportedly told the inquest that her son had “suffered from low self-esteem” and took cocaine so he would feel more confident.But she said she thought it had been the first time he had taken heroin and she was said to have broken down as she revealed the last text he sent to her, a day before his death. It read: “Thank you mum for everything you have done. I love you so much.Alex had completed a rehab course in Lancashire earlier that year, it was reported, but a flatmate told the inquest she had driven him to meet someone to buy drugs the day before his death.
Coroner Alan Moore found Alex died as a result of misadventure, saying he had been a “naïve user” of heroin. At the time of his death Oakham Rugby Club held a minute’s silence in memory of the former sportsman. A spokesman for Oakham RUFC said: “The club received the news of the passing of Alex with shock and sadness with many memories and tributes being posted across social media.
“The club sends their sincerest condolences to his family.” A spokesman for Stamford College Old Boys said at the time: “Alex was well known to us as his step-dad was a past captain of the club and even as a child he would occasionally watch our training sessions and matches in between playing himself – and excelling at a high level within junior rugby.
“Alex joined us as a player at the beginning of the 2018-19 season and slotted straight in at fly half. “Both on and off the field he was a big character.”