A VETARAN BBC political correspondent who turned his life around after battling alcoholism was found dead next to his partner, an inquest heard.
John Stevenson, 68, worked as a journalist for more than fourty years broadcasting huge stories from Westminster for the BBC.
John Stevenson worked his way up to the prestigious role of Westminster correspondent after battling alcohol problems[/caption]
He was found in March at his home in Abdale, Wales.
An inquest into the man’s death heard how he was found lying on his bedroom floor just yards away from his partner.
Neither of the men had suffered any injuries, the inquest heard.
A post-mortem examination carried said the provisional cause of death was “unascertained”.
His family have agreed to donate his body to medical research and the inquest has now been adjured until January, 2022.
The inquest into his partner’s death was not opened at the same time and the man has not been named.
‘A JOY TO WORK WITH’
Police are not treating the deaths as suspicious.
Head of news and current Affairs at BBC Wales Garmon Rhys, who worked closely with Mr Stevenson said he was “an extremely likeable character who was a joy to work with.”
Mr Stevenson had expressed plans to branch out into politics, but cryptically said he felt pressure as a gay man “to comply”.
Speaking in a program about his life, he described getting married and working for a local council as part of the disguise”.
Mr Stevenson joined the BBC in Cardiff as a researcher but left “under a big black cloud” after issues with alcohol dependence.
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He recounted “a lost decade” where he became homeless, losing contact with family and friends.
Mr Stevenson described being arrested as a turning point, which is when he started fighting his addiction and rejoined the BBC in 1997.
But he came backing fighting, and worked his way up to the role of political correspondent before retiring in 2013.
The journalist was found dead at his home in Wales in March[/caption]