A woman tragically died after traces of heroin and other drugs were found in her system, an inquest heard.

Stacie Anderson died on July 28 last year in Southend after she was found unconscious in her boyfriend’s home.

The full inquest into the 37-year-old’s death was held at Essex Coroner’s Court in Chelmsford yesterday.

Coroner’s officer Andre Kimche told the court: “She [Stacie] had a medical history of anxiety, ADHD and OCD for which she was taking medication.

“She was known to mental health services.

“She was found unresponsive on her boyfriend’s sofa. On July 28 paramedics attended and sadly confirmed her death. Essex Police investigated the circumstances.

“A post-mortem examination was carried out by Dr Benjamin Swift at Southend Hospital on August 8th. Toxicology samples were taken. He gave a cause of death as 1A mixed drug toxicity.”

Mr Kimche said there were traces of numerous drugs, including heroin, found in Ms Anderson’s system.

Her death was one of six investigated by Essex Police as potentially linked, due to the similar circumstances and close proximity of the deaths. However, no direct link was subsequently found.

Ms Anderson’s father said: “I definitely do not believe Stacie intended to take her own life. I used to see her on regular occasions and never was there any evidence of drug taking. She was her normal, bubbly and cheeky self.”

Senior Coroner Caroline-Beasley Murray recorded an open conclusion, saying: “We haven’t quite got all the pieces of the jigsaw, we won’t quite know what was going through her mind.”