A woman whose death was initially treated as a possible murder by police died from pneumonia, an inquest heard.
Stacey Marie Nicole Bleasdale, 35, of Richmond Street, Accrington, was found dead at her home on November 15, 2015.
Coroner Michael Singleton said Miss Bleasdale’s death was initially treated as suspicious, and her partner, Paul Wright was arrested on suspicion of murder.
But police later found that no offence had taken place and ruled out any wrongdoing by Mr Wright.
The coroner said: “It was agreed that there would be a home office forensic post mortem.
“I was told by police that they had carried out their investigation and were satisfied that no offence had occurred, and Mr Wright, who had been on bail, was released.”
Mr Wright gave evidence to the inquest, and described Miss Bleasdale as a ‘party head’ who liked a drink.
He said: “We both did, she drank every single day when she could afford to, she drank cider.”
Mr Wright said that in the days leading up to Miss Bleasdale’s death she had been drinking, and had suffered a fall.
He said: “She fell into the heater, she was drunk, she fell into the heater and the telly.
“She was fine, she didn’t want to go to hospital, I got her Ibuprofen, she said she had broken them before and there was no treatment the hospital could give her.”
Mr Wright said she had continued taking painkillers, but wasn’t getting any better, and on the night before Miss Bleasdale died, they had been at home watching television.
The inquest also heard a statement from PC Simon Grounds, who had been called to the incident.
He said: “I was asked to go to Richmond Street in Accrington to reports of a potential suspicious sudden death.
“We arrived and I went into the bedroom and found a female laid in the bed.
“There were a number of cider bottles in the bedroom and I was informed she was a chronic alcoholic.”
The court also heard from forensic pathologist Dr Charles Wilson, who gave a medical cause of death of Lobar pneumonia.
He said: “I was given access to her GP records and found a history of alcohol dependence syndrome.
“I found a number of injuries, she had a yellowing black eye, a cut on her lip.
“Her liver was very fatty but wasn’t cirrhotic, it wasn’t irreversibly damaged. I found fractures on her 7th, 8th and 9th ribs and also on the back of her 10th, 11th and 12th ribs.
“Her ribs fractured with limited pressure, indicative of osteoporosis, quite often the bones become soft so in my opinion her ribs would have fractured more easily than the bones of a healthy woman.”
Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Singleton offered his sympathies to her family.
He said: “I know it’s not in the natural order to bury your children, as a parent myself I can only begin to imagine the pain and grief you have gone through.”