Devon

Exeter Great West Run death was natural causes

A 26-year-old man died of natural causes during a running race in Devon, an inquest has heard.

Paul Smith, from Exeter, had been taking part in the 13 mile Great West Run in May with two doctors who tried in vain to save him.

Plymouth bar manager Mr Smith died from sudden adult death syndrome (SDS), the inquest in Exeter heard.

Exeter and Greater Devon Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.

SDS, also known as sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, is when a person who was fit and healthy suddenly dies and mostly affects people aged between 17-22.

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