Guitar icon Gary was nearly 10% over fatal limit when he dropped dead on holiday last year, confirms medical report

Gary Moore had nearly 10% more alcohol in his blood than the official fatal limit when he died last year, a medical report has confirmed.

The former Thin Lizzy guitarist, who spent much of the last 20 years carving out a career as a respected bluesman, dropped dead on the first night of a holiday in Spain on February 6, 2011.

Tests reveal he had 380mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system – putting him eight times over the Spanish drink-drive limit and 30mg per 100ml over the amount considered by experts to be fatal.

No traces of any illegal drugs were found in the father-of-three’s body, but toxicology surveys on Moore’s body revealed he’d been abusing alcohol for years.

He was 58 when he arrived in the Costa del Sol with his new partner, and they enjoyed a night of champagne and a light snack after arriving too later for dinner. Later that nit she raised the alarm after finding him dead.

The reports bring official inquiries to an end in Spain. It’s thought UK authorities, responsible because Belfast-born Moore lived in Brighton, England, will now hold their own inquest. However, police have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

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