Westminster coroner’s court heard that the 44-year-old German socialite was found lying on a mattress with his arm exposed and blackened. He had injected himself every hour for a period of nearly 24 hours before his death.
Professor Sebastien Lucas, who conducted a post-mortem examination, said the amount of cocaine in the Count’s body was highest he had seen in his career and was accompanied by traces of morphine that could have come from heroin.
Recording a verdict of death from a heart attack caused by drug dependency and the overdose, the Westminster coroner, Paul Knapman, said: “I think this is a very regrettable story. The reckless behavior with cocaine has caused his death.”
Bismarck allegedly cleaned up his act after 22-year old Olivia Channon, daughter of an MP, died of a heroin overdose in his bed over twenty years ago.