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Westport chef’s death due to natural causes


The death of a well-known Westport chef last August was due to natural causes linked to a severe heart condition. The Mayo Coroner’s Court in Castlebar heard yesterday (Monday) that 43-year-old Amit Saidha, 1 Church Lane, Westport was hoping to return to his native India for medical treatment in the days before his death, but was found deceased in his room by his close friends, brother and sister, Tatyana Kareva and Dimitar Karev.
Ms Kareva told the inquest she, her brother and some friends arrived in Westport from Bulgaria in 2001 and began work in The Castlecourt Hotel, where she met Mr Saidha who worked as a chef. They were part of a large group of friends who worked in the hotel at the time, but her brother Dimitar and Mr Saidha struck up a particularly strong friendship and shared a house at Church Lane.
Dimitar moved out in March 2017 and Ms Karev moved in to share the accommodation with the deceased. She was aware he had a severe heart condition and his medication was always left on the counter in the kitchen.
On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, she noticed that Mr Saidha wasn’t in the house when she returned from work and assumed he had gone to Dublin to arrange his visa to travel back to India. When he didn’t return by train that night, she became concerned and phoned her brother.
Dimitar told her to look in Mr Saidha’s room and she noticed him lying face down on the bed. Mr Kareva arrived and tried to rouse his friend but it was obvious he had been dead for some hours.
After hearing medical evidence Mr Pat O’Connor, Coroner for Mayo, recorded a verdict of death due to natural causes and expressed his sympathy with the Saidha family, Ms Kareva, Mr Karev and their friends.
“It’s gratifying to know that Mr Saidha had such good friends who made his life very enjoyable here in Mayo,” he added.