A POLICE officer died after taking a cocktail of illegal drugs, an inquest heard.
Auzeley Coombs, 31, who served at New Scotland Yard in Victoria, took a lethal combination of crystal meth, amphetamines, ketamine and cocaine, which led to his death.
Westminster Coroner's Court heard last Wednesday that Mr Coombs took the drugs while staying at a friend's house in Fulham, on the evening of July 19.
At around 8.30am the following morning, a passer-by called the police after seeing him in North End Road, Fulham, looking distressed and out of breath.
Mr Coombs, who drank several bottles of water while in the street, told officers he had taken an overdose of illegal drugs the night before.
A statement from PC Oluseyi Ladejobi read to the court said: "He said he had taken an overdose of ketamine and crystal meth. He kept repeating 'I'm going to die'."
The officer then discovered Mr Coombs' wallet, mobile phone and a police warrant card lying on the pavement, and realised he was a member of the force.
An ambulance took him to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, in Fulham Road, Chelsea, where he lost consciousness and died.
A post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Michael Osborn confirmed Mr Coombs had taken amphetamines, crystal meth and cocaine, and it is believed he had also taken ketamine, although this could not be traced.
His brain was swollen and heavy, and the pathologist added that he might have had a stroke.
Westminster Coroner Dr Paul Knapman said: "His brain has been damaged due to drug intoxication. He has not died of a heart attack, and there are no signs of injury."
He concluded that Mr Coombs, who lived in Mile End, had died of non-dependent abuse of drugs.