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Man dies after smoking 'Eclipse legal high' in Manchester

Police have warned against smoking herbal incense after a man died in Manchester.

The 44-year-old collapsed and suffered a heart attack after using "Eclipse" in the city's Northern Quarter at about 16:30 BST on 19 July.

He later died in hospital. Officers said the "legal high" was described online as herbal ecstasy.

Police said the exact cause of his death had not yet been established, but it was not believed to be suspicious.

Det Sgt Mark Astbury said: "While the circumstances surrounding the man's death are very much ongoing, we know for certain he became very unwell soon after smoking the incense.

"Eclipse and other such herbal incense, while often marketed as not for human consumption, are surreptitiously sold by retailers and frequently consumed by users as so-called legal highs.

"Put simply, do not smoke herbal incense. It is not for direct inhalation and you do not know what effect it will have on your wellbeing."

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