An inquest into the death of Smooth Radio presenter Kevin Greening has shown that he died from a drugs overdose after taking part in a gay bondage session. Westminster Coroner's Court heard that the former BBC Radio 1 DJ had indulged in illegal drugs and unorthodox sexual behaviour before being found dead in a flat in Wandsworth, south London in December last year.
Coroner, Paul Knapman who recorded a verdict of misadventure said, "He was found dead having indulged in unorthodox sexual behaviour involving restraint equipment and illegal drugs." On the day he died, he had been in a leather sling attached to scaffolding in the bedroom of the flat occupied by his boyfriend Sean Griffin and at the time, the inquest heard, Mr Greening was still wearing a rubber suit and had cling film and "gaffer tape" around him. Recording his verdict, Mr Knapman said Mr Greening died from a "mixed drugs toxicity" or overdose and not from being held "in a form of bondage".
Sean Griffin, who was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but was later released without charge, was asked by Dr Knapman to confirm that at all times their activity had been "perfectly consensual" between the two men in the privacy of the flat, to which Mr Griffin replied: "Indeed... Kevin and I had a very happy and very vigorous sex life...It was not conventional by heterosexual norms perhaps, but it was a sex life which was vigorous and imaginative and we enjoyed each other." It was also revealed at the inquest that tests on Kevin's body after his death found traces of cocaine and ecstasy.