A ROSSENDALE man died accidentally after taking a lethal concoction of prescribed medication, an inquest heard.

Geoffrey Smith, of Holland Avenue, Rawtenstall, was found dead at his house after failing to measure his medication properly, Burnley Coroner’s Court heard.

The 59-year-old suffered from anxiety and depression since his teenage years and was taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills, the hearing was told.

Terrance Bird, a friend, told the inquest that Mr Smith sometimes forgot how many pills he had taken.

East Lancashire Coroner Richard Taylor concluded that Mr Smith did not mean to take his own life and died accidentally on January 7 as a result of taking two prescribed drugs.