Essex

Essex footballer's river death was accidental

A 22-year-old footballer whose body was found in a river after he went out with teammates on New Year's Eve died accidentally, a corner has ruled.

Adam Passfield, from Sharpington Close, Galleywood, was found dead in the River Chelmer, Chelmsford, on New Year's Eve.

He was on an evening out in the town with friends and teammates from Heybridge Swifts Football Club on 19 December when he went missing.

The inquest was held at Chelmsford Coroner's Court.

A spokesman for the football club said earlier that Mr Passfield was a very popular team member who had been with the club for about four years, making 37 appearances for the first team.

He said Mr Passfield had been playing with the reserve team to regain fitness following a long-term injury.

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