A young man who was found dead near Bideford skate park took a fatal cocktail of drugs including methadone, an inquest heard. Russell Cheesman, 32, of High Street, Bideford, loved attending raves and on the night of October 25, 2014, he met up with a group of friends. They were drinking cider and taking drugs at a flat before moving to the skate park. During the night Russell, known to his friends as Cheese, disappeared several times and appeared drunk, slurring his words and staggering. At around 1am he was found by police in the river bed but they believed he was drunk and left him with friends who said they would take him home. Russell insisted on returning to the skate park and one friend said he later saw him drinking from a methadone bottle. He then wandered off saying he would be back. Russell was found slumped at around 7am in a passageway near Newbridge Close by a resident walking his dog. It is believed he died some time before he was found. The inquest heard Russell, who had previously seen his doctor about taking ketamine, had appeared withdrawn in the weeks before his death, as if he was on something. His friend Elenna Roose, who was there on the night of Russells death, said: He was an amazing friend, who would walk into a room and light it up. He was the life and soul of the party and one of the nicest people you could meet. A toxicology report showed Russell had ingested a cocktail of drugs, including methadone, which was enough to kill someone who does not regularly take it. Deputy coroner John Tomalin recorded a verdict of misadventure, and said: The other drugs did not appear to have a fatal level, and it was the methadone that tipped the balance. Paying tribute to him in the Gazette shortly after his death last year, his mother Bette Davis said he was a free spirit. She said around 250 people had attended his funeral and a memorial event in Bideford Skate Park where fireworks were let off in his honour.