A MURDER investigation has been closed and instead a cocktail of drink and drugs blamed for a man’s death.

Officers were called after a New Year’s Eve party went wrong and Anthony Cansdale, 40, died.

They arrived at Bentley Avenue, Jaywick, and were confronted by an angry mob.

Two people were subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder.

Marianne Robson, administrator at Essex Coroner’s Court, said: “On January 1, he was found unresponsive.

“An ambulance was called and death was confirmed.

“There were several people at the location who were aggressive and thought to be under the influence of drink and drugs.

“Police were given conflicting accounts of what took place.”

Some bruising and other injuries were found but officers have concluded the death was not suspicious and these did not cause his death.

Dr Biedrzyaki carried out a post mortem examination and Area Coroner Eleanor McGann ruled it was a drug and alcohol related death.

She said: “This was a case where police considered the possibility of a criminal offence of violence.

“There were some injuries to the body some of which could have been done by the deceased or by others.

“He may well have had a significant degree of tolerance to the mixture of drugs and alcohol detected but died of respiratory depression.”

A police spokesman confirmed two people arrested on suspicion of murder have been released from bail and will face no further action.

Following his death his family said: “Tony was a well-liked and fun-loving person, who lived life to the full.

“He was loved by his family and friends and we will all miss him dearly.”

In 2014, his baby daughter died after just a few hours.

In 2015, an inquest found high levels of morphine in her body most likely from maternal heroin use.

An open verdict was recorded after a police investigation was closed without charges.