A man who survived a “massive heart attack” in his early 20s was found dead at a friend’s house after taking cocaine, an inquest heard.

Adrian Drab, 29, was found dead at the property near Pontypridd earlier this year after spending an evening with friends.

Mr Drab was born in Poland before his family moved to Wales in 2004. When he was younger he enjoyed playing football and spent some time working as a plasterer after he left school. But when he was young he also suffered health problems.

A statement read on behalf of his mother, Jolanta Ewa Drab, said: “In 2013 he had a massive heart attack. He was eating a KFC meal and began to complain of feeling unwell.”

In 2017 he was also told he was likely to have three toes amputated due to infection which eventually led to him having an amputation.

Mr Drab’s mother said she was aware her son, of Heol Johnson in Talbot Green, used drugs but Wednesday’s hearing was told she didn’t know what drugs he used. It was said she was aware he sometimes used protein when he was able to go to the gym.

Medical records confirmed the issues Mr Drab had faced in relation to his heart and also revealed he had used drugs such as crack cocaine. Records also revealed he had been treated for a chest infection prior to his death in December.

The inquest was told Mr Drab was found dead at a friend’s house on January 8 this year after he had taken drugs.

At the hearing a statement was read on behalf of Sally Crandon who found him at her house in Merthyr Road, Cilfynydd.

The hearing was told Mr Drab stayed at the property the previous night after spending time with Ms Crandon and their friend Gareth Williams.

In a summary of the statement provided by Ms Crandon, she said: “I couldn’t wake Adrian up. I called his name and shook him a couple of times.

“I told Gareth to call an ambulance. He was cold to the touch and had started to turn blue.”

Emergency services arrived at the scene and later confirmed Mr Drab had died.

A summary of the statement from Ms Crandon revealed there was evidence found in her kitchen that Mr Drab had been using cocaine.

“I was not aware of any drugs of that type inside my property,” she said. “If I was I would have drove Gareth and Adrian home.”

Following a pathology report Dr Rick James provided the medical cause of death as 1a) cardiac failure and empyema and 1b) dilated cardiomyopathy.

Cocaine was also detected in his system according to toxicology results.

Coroner Graeme Hughes accepted these findings when reaching his conclusion.

Recording a narrative conclusion he said: “The deceased died from the issue of his heart condition together with the findings of ingestion of cocaine and overdose of prescribed medication that would have increased the rate of his sudden death.”