52-year-old Blackburn man found dead at home

The scene of the tragedy in Dunoon Drive, Shadsworth

The scene of the tragedy in Dunoon Drive, Shadsworth

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A 52-YEAR-OLD man has died suddenly at his home in Blackburn.

Anthony Hopkinson, who was known locally by his nickname Hoppy, passed away in Dunoon Drive, on the Shadsworth estate.

Neighbours reported seeing ambulances and police arrive at the house at around 7.15pm on Tuesday.

The fire service was also called to help paramedics and officers get into the property, although they had managed to do so by the time they arrived.

Mr Hopkinson’s death is not being treated as suspicious, police said. One neighbour said: “Hoppy was a really nice man. He had family all around him, although he lived on his own.

“He was a very friendly chap and we used to have random chit-chat.

“I was shocked to hear what happened to him.”

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said officers had been called in line with normal protocol when somebody dies at home.

She said: “We got a call about 7.15pm on Tuesday from the ambulance service to the report of the sudden death of a man in his 50s. His death was non-suspicious.”

Michael Singleton, coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley, said the cause of death had not yet been determined.

He said he was waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination before deciding whether an inquest should be held.

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9:40am Thu 10 Jul 14

elmo maniac says...

Rip hoppy x
Rip hoppy x elmo maniac
  • Score: 27

11:39am Thu 10 Jul 14

CorkyMac says...

RIP Hoppy. Thoughts to family.
RIP Hoppy. Thoughts to family. CorkyMac
  • Score: 25

5:54pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Happy-Dude says...

RIP Mate, it was nice to have known you, Top Bloke
RIP Mate, it was nice to have known you, Top Bloke Happy-Dude
  • Score: 26

6:05pm Thu 10 Jul 14

site supervisor says...

why all the thumb down then:-{ rip hoppy
why all the thumb down then:-{ rip hoppy site supervisor
  • Score: 25

8:33pm Thu 10 Jul 14

thoroughbred says...

wonder if he worked at Auto Scales back in the 80's...anyone know?
wonder if he worked at Auto Scales back in the 80's...anyone know? thoroughbred
  • Score: 25

8:35am Fri 11 Jul 14

sweetisobelxxx@yahoo.com says...

thoroughbred wrote:
wonder if he worked at Auto Scales back in the 80's...anyone know?
yes he did, isobel
[quote][p][bold]thoroughbred[/bold] wrote: wonder if he worked at Auto Scales back in the 80's...anyone know?[/p][/quote]yes he did, isobel sweetisobelxxx@yahoo.com
  • Score: 8

12:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

thoroughbred says...

sweetisobelxxx@yahoo
.com
wrote:
thoroughbred wrote:
wonder if he worked at Auto Scales back in the 80's...anyone know?
yes he did, isobel
Oh No that's sad, I was friends with him, nice, quiet lad, he used to come to the Red Parrot, he had a mate called John, with dark hair?
[quote][p][bold]sweetisobelxxx@yahoo .com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thoroughbred[/bold] wrote: wonder if he worked at Auto Scales back in the 80's...anyone know?[/p][/quote]yes he did, isobel[/p][/quote]Oh No that's sad, I was friends with him, nice, quiet lad, he used to come to the Red Parrot, he had a mate called John, with dark hair? thoroughbred
  • Score: 8

8:16pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Parly63 says...

elmo maniac wrote:
Rip hoppy x
An honour to have known you pal
Red Parrot , Rovers Return , Martholme Grange
out n about 5 nights a week in the late 80s n early 90s
bumped into him at the Redcap carvery hadnt seen him in years , still the same old hoppy taking the **** in good fun
RIP mate
from
Parky
[quote][p][bold]elmo maniac[/bold] wrote: Rip hoppy x[/p][/quote]An honour to have known you pal Red Parrot , Rovers Return , Martholme Grange out n about 5 nights a week in the late 80s n early 90s bumped into him at the Redcap carvery hadnt seen him in years , still the same old hoppy taking the **** in good fun RIP mate from Parky Parly63
  • Score: 0

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