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British woman found dead at home had heart problems

By INÊS LOPES [email protected]

A young British woman who was found dead in her apartment in Carvoeiro on June 8 last year died of natural causes, an inquest heard last week.

Natalie Miles, a well known member of the Carvoeiro foreign community, was found dead at her family apartment by a friend a day before she was due to celebrate her 27th birthday.

At the time, a GNR spokesman told the Algarve Resident that they suspected the cause of death to be natural but that police investigations and an autopsy would determine this.

A toxicology report at the time of her death had revealed alcohol in her blood.

However, on November 18, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard a second post-mortem carried out in the UK revealed that she had died from heart failure.

In the UK press this week, Coroner Shirley Radcliffe is reported as saying:

“This is something that would have been entirely silent, something that she would have been entirely unaware of but can cause sudden death in otherwise fit and healthy people. Natalie Miles was a fit and healthy, normal 26-year-old.”

A spokesman from the Coroner’s Court told the Algarve Resident on Tuesday: “Natalie Miles was susceptible to heart problems.

“We confirm that she died of natural causes and that the results from the toxicology report have no bearing on her death.”

Natalie Miles moved to the Algarve from her home in London in 2007 and had been working in local bars in Carvoeiro. She was described by friends as a happy and bubbly person.

Her family had been holidaying in Carvoeiro for several years and were also well known within the community.