BBC reporter John Stevenson found dead next to partner as cause of death ‘unascertained’

The inquest into BBC journalist John Stevenson’s death has ruled that the circumstances of his death are not known

(Image: Daily Post Wales)BySara-Aisha KentSenior Showbiz Reporter

  • 18:35, 12 Jan 2022
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John Stevenson was found dead alongside his partner Mark Turner in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2020.

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The court heard at today's inquest in Pontypridd that the exact circumstances of John's death were not known but it is likely he died from natural causes due to poor health.

The court were told that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the two men's deaths and that experts ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning as well as an "electrical accident."

In March 2020, Broadcaster John, 68, was found in his home on the floor next to his bed yards away from his partner after police forced their way into the property.

Law enforcement went to the home to check in after a district nurse was unable to get a response from Mark.

BBC reporter John Stevenson was found dead alongside his partner Mark Turner in in 2020
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During the last 12 months of his life, John was cared for by Mark after suffering from multiple strokes.

John's first stroke was in 2013 and at the time he was working as a political correspondent for the BBC in north Wales.

He then had another stroke in 2017 and the inquest heard that he did not do the physiotherapy he was prescribed and his condition deteriorated.

John went on to lose all mobility and the ability to speak.

Mark had been trying to lift John before they died, coroner David Regan told the inquest and added that Mr Stevenson had "likely died prior" to 12 March but it was impossible to determine the exact date.

The coroner also heard evidence that Mark was finding the role of being John's full-time carer difficult.

The exact circumstances of John's death are not known
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When new's broke of John's death, last year, Head of news and current Affairs at BBC Wales Garmon Rhys said: "He was an articulate commentator who had a sharp mind and his conversational manner made his reports memorable.

"As we remember John today, we remember an extremely likeable character who was a joy to work with."

John joined the BBC in Cardiff as a researcher but left because he was an alcoholic.

During the height of his addiction battle, he became homeless, losing contact with family and friends.

John described being arrested as a turning point, which is when he started fighting his addiction and rejoined the BBC in 1997 until retiring in 2013.

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