Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Music Man's Drugs Battle

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Music Man's Drugs Battle

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Byline: CHRIS HOLE

A HEARTBROKEN mum has paid tribute to her talented son, who made passers-by smile and provided a soundtrack for a town centre.

Popular busker Steven Ford's face and voice were well known to shoppers and workers throughout Middlesbrough town centre.

After he died in March this year, aged just 44, cards and flowers were left at the Linthorpe Road entrance to Dundas Arcade.

Speaking after the inquest into her son's death, his mother, Theresa Emery said: "He was very well liked by everybody that knew him.

"All the people in the shops spoke well of him and I got a lot of cards from them when he died.

"He will really be missed by everybody -both his family and his friends."

The inquest into Mr Ford's death yesterday heard that a post-mortem examination had uncovered a presence of cocaine, heroin and diazepam in his body.

Assistant Deputy Coroner, Sam Faulks ruled that the death was the result of misadventure.

Mr Ford, pictured, who lived at Central Mews, Middlesbrough, had battled drug addictions in the past but was thought to have been drug-free for several years before his death. …

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