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A coronor's inquest heard how twenty-four-year-old John Hazlewood from Liverpool fell from a private garden on to the back roof of St John the Apostle Church in Torquay, Devon.Police have said the garden which he fell from, had a low wall protecting it from the steep cliff drop.
According to a friend who spoke to him before the plunge, he had been drinking in a pub while watching England play Slovenia in the World Cup on 23 June.
His badly-decomposed body was recovered 30-days later by the Anglican parish's church warden to investigate damage made by falling rocks.
South Devon coroner Ian Arrow recorded an open verdict at an inquest in Torquay, saying it was impossible to know if Mr Hazlewood fell or jumped.
Friend Michelle Taylor called Mr Hazlewood on the night of his death. She said: "I told him to come over and he phoned to say he was making his way. He sounded incredibly drunk."
His last call was to a taxi firm early on 24 June, the inquest also heard.
Coroner Mr Arrow said: "It is clearly very unfortunate he lay unfound for so long, which made it impossible to obtain a better medical cause of death."
"On the balance of probabilities he died from injuries sustained in a fall, but sadly there is no indication how he came to fall."