Tragic dad-of-three ex-Shrewsbury and Sheffield footballer Steve Jagielka died after taking drugs


FORMER Shrewsbury Town and Sheffield United footballer Steve Jagielka died after taking methadone and cocaine, an inquest heard.

The 43-year-old brother of ex-England star Phil Jagielka was discovered ineffective at his dwelling in Rodington Heath, Shropshire, on March 15.

Steve Jagielka died after taking methadone and cocaine, an inquest heardCredit: Getty

A listening to at Shrewsbury’s Shirehall was instructed how the Sale-born midfielder, who made bigger than 170 appearances for Shrewsbury between 1997 and 2003, had been working as a fitter contained in the Manchester space before his lack of life.

Statements examine to the inquest talked about autopsy examinations had confirmed that Mr Jagielka, who had no necessary earlier medical historic earlier, died from aspiration pneumonia attributable to methadone toxicity.

Shropshire Coroner John Ellery furthermore heard there had been experiences of attainable cocaine use inside the times important as lots as a result of the dad-of-three’s lack of life – with samples displaying excessive ranges of methadone and “moderate” ranges of cocaine.

The inquest heard how Mr Jagielka was planning to maneuver home.

Police have been commonly known as to his dwelling by a neighbour, after the sportsman’s cousin alerted them to what had occurred.

An investigation discovered no suspicious circumstances on the property, the place {{the electrical}} energy had “run out” and “it was clear that the house was in the process of being packed up”.

Paying tribute after his lack of life, Sheffield United talked about: “Sheffield United is deeply saddened to take heed to of the passing of former participant Steve Jagielka – brother of present defender Phil – on the age of 43.

“The condolences of all at the Blades are with Phil and the rest of the Jagielka family at this difficult time.”

At the very best of Tuesday’s listening to, Jagielka’s ex-wife, Jo Fallows, talked about: “Steve had an eternal impression on many individuals’s lives.

“This is how we would like him to be remembered – a fun-loving and charming character. He will be missed by his three children, myself and all his family and friends. RIP Steve.”

Football had been a ardour and “all he had ever known” for Mr Jagielka, who went on to work regionally for Caterpillar and had his personal plumbing enterprise, Miss Fallows talked about.

“I think the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) should help them a little bit more,” she added.

Reaching his conclusion, Mr Ellery talked about: “The medical rationalization for lack of life is given as aspirational pneumonia ensuing from methadone toxicity.

“There is no suggestion that Steve’s death was deliberate and I record that his death was drug-related.”

After taking half in for Shrewsbury, Jagielka – the older brother of former England and Everton defender Phil – went on to assist Accrington Stanley acquire promotion to the Football League.

Steve Jagielka pictured playing for Shrewsbury in 2000
Steve Jagielka pictured taking half in for Shrewsbury in 2000Credit: Getty
Steve was the brother of ex-England player Phil Jagielka
Steve was the brother of ex-England participant Phil JagielkaCredit: Getty

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