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An inquest has found that an aspiring filmmaker died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome while making a documentary about homelessness.
The body of 26-year-old Lee Halpin was found in a derelict warehouse in Newcastle. He was three days into a project filming him living on the streets.
Lee dreamed of becoming an investigative journalist and wanted to enter the film in a competition. Jonny Blair reports.
A coroner has ruled that Lee Halpin, a 26-year-old filmmaker from Newcastle, suffered from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.At the time of his death, last April, he was making a film about homelessness in Newcastle. He was sleeping rough as part of his research.
So-called 'sudden death' can occur in infants and in adults. In adults, it is normally caused by heart failure.
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A coroner has ruled that a 26-year-old filmmaker, who was found dead while making a documentary about homelessness, died as a result of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
Lee Halpin, from Newcastle, was sleeping rough during filming. Jonny Blair followed the inquest.
A coroner has recorded a verdict of natural causes at the inquest into the death of Lee Halpin.
A pathologist giving evidence in the inquest said it may have been a case of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and could have happened at any time.
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An inquest into the death of a 26-year-old film-maker, who was making a documentary about sleeping rough, is due to be held.
Lee Halpin, from Newcastle, had planned to spend a week living on the streets to experience homelessness.
In April, three days into the project, he was found dead in a derelict building in the West End.
He was trying to win a contract with Channel 4.
The inquest will take place at Newcastle Civic Centre
The friends of a documentary maker who died while making a film about homelessness have agreed to finish the film. Lee Halpin was found dead in a derelict hostel in Newcastle.
One of his friends has agreed to take part in the Tyneside CEO Sleepout in October, sleeping rough for one night for charity. Some of the funds raised will go towards finishing the video Halpin started.
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Amateur filmmaker Lee Halpin was found dead in Newcastle, where he was sleeping rough to film a documentary about homelessness.