BBC music presenter George Webley death attributed to ‘meow meow party drug’

August 11th, 2011 - 9:44 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Aug 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) An inquest into the death of BBC music presenter George Webley has revealed that he died from the effect of the banned party drug commonly known as “meow meow.” The 53-year-old was found struggling for breath by his wife at the family home last May. When the ambulance got to the house, Webley was already dead.

Popularly known as Big George, Webley was part of several bands at the start of his career as guitarist. He eventually moved into the media world doing several jingles and serving as the music director for some shows including Jameson Tonight in 1989.

He became late night presenter on BBC London 94.9 in 2006. He was on BBC as well and served as the music expert on Graham Norton’s Eurovision show.

“Meow meow” is scientifically called mephedrone. The drug is classified as class C it was banned in the United Kingdom in April of 2010. At the time of the ban, the authorities announced that the drug has claimed the lives of several people.

Milton Keynes Coroner Thomas Osborne ruled on Wednesday that the cause of Webley’s death was misadventure.

He said that, “The verdict should be that Mr Webley suffered quite severe heart disease… It is wrong to record natural causes. The verdict is he died as a result of misadventure. He was taking the drugs not for taking his own life but this was an action that went wrong and led to his heart attack and subsequent death.”

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