A student who died after eating poisonous yew tree seeds may have been trying to carry out a mystical ritual to “experience the afterlife” , his mother told an inquest.Hmmm, really?
Antoni Kyriacou, 24, was found dead by his mother Tracey McGowan at his home in Covent Garden with a cup of seeds and other “partially crushed herbal material” from a yew tree by his side.
Ms McGowan told an inquest that his friends revealed he had previously expressed an interest in an ancient mystical practice, where yew seeds were consumed when two planets were aligned.
She said: “They said he was aware of cosmology and that a tribe of people going back hundreds of years, when Venus and Jupiter come into alignment, did take these seeds to experience the afterlife and then come back again.Ten out of ten for the experience of the afterlife, but a total FAIL! on the ‘coming back’ part…
Westminster coroner’s court heard Mr Kyriacou was discovered lying fully clothed and wearing headphones through which music was still playing.Awful of me, I know, but anyone else wondering just what music was playing..?