Shropshire Star

Best friend's tribute to 'beautiful, charismatic, creative person'

The best friend of a woman who died after taking excess levels of medication described her as a "beautiful person".


Shirley Thompson died aged 44 at her home in Shrewsbury on June 17.

Paying tribute to her following her inquest at Shirehall in Shrewsbury, best friend of five years Jenny Brazier said Miss Thompson is missed by friends.

She said: "Shirl was a beautiful person. She was charismatic, she was a creative person.

"She was my best friend and she is very missed by all her many friends."

Mr John Ellery, senior coroner for Shropshire, concluded that Miss Thompson's death was due to misadventure caused by Venlafaxine, Gabapentin and Tramadol toxicity.

The inquest heard that Miss Thompson of Buttington Road, Monkmoor, Shrewsbury, had multi-personality disorder as well as depression and prior to her death she had taken excess levels of her medication.

Giving evidence at the hearing, Miss Brazier said: "Shirl had multiple personality disorder, she had 26 different personalities of varying ages. It was a form of disassociation, they all had names, they were very distinct from Shirley herself."

Mr Ellery did not believe Miss Thompson intended to commit suicide.

He said: "There's reason to consider suicide but suicide can never be presumed. She could have taken the excessive amount of medication due to the pain she was in."

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