Willesden man died after taking ecstasy at KOKO nightclub in Camden

Inquest hears he had come to London from Italy four months before his death

A Willesden man died just four months after arriving in the UK after taking drugs on a night out with friends in Camden.

St Pancras Coroner’s Court heard Mario Del Duca, of High Street, took a gram of ecstasy while partying at KOKO nightclub in Camden Town on December 17 last year.

The 28-year-old, who came from Italy last August to find a job in the IT industry, emptied an entire gram of MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, into his drink shortly after arriving at the venue at 1am.

Within half an hour he began feeling ill, shaking and sweating profusely.


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Concerned for his welfare, his friends took the IT worker to the club’s first aid room and he was then taken to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, at around 3.30am.

Doctors tried to cool him with ice and a fan and treated him for 90 minutes but he deteriorated shortly after 5am and died.

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His family flew to the UK to collect his body, but did not attend the inquest yesterday (Tuesday).

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