A 40-year-old man whose body was found by Delapre Lake in Northampton died as the result of a drug overdose, a inquest heard.
Piotr Rola, 40, of Park Drive, Kings Heath, Northampton, was found dead on the January 23 this year.
An inquest at Northampton General Hospital heard Mr Rola was a drug addict who struggled to overcome his addiction for a large part of his life.
Mr Rola’s body, which was next to some fishing equipment, was found by a dog walker early in the morning.
Emergency services were called to the scene and police sealed off the lake to the public.
In a statement read to the inquest, PC Daniel Spires said a mobile phone was found in the water and, due to the presence of some damp clothes, it was possible Mr Rola may have gone into the lake.
Tatianna Parmee, Mr Rola’s aunt said he had been born in Poland and came to work in England in the late 1990s.
However, he was deported back to Poland as he had been working illegally.
When the immigration rules changed in 2005, Mr Rola came over to England again and lived with his aunt in Birmingham.
Mr Rola managed to get a council flat in Kings Heath, but in 2008 due to his drug addiction, he lost his job and was living on benefits.
Ms Parmee said that she had not seen much of him in the last year of his life but was aware that he had received a back payment of benefits of £350, after sanctions had been removed, shortly before he died.
County coroner Anne Pember recorded a verdict of accidental death - drug related.