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British couple found dead in their hotel room surrounded by drugs

By Mason White 12:27 PM October 23, 2014
James and Alex Gaskell 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A man and his wife of the United Kingdom, were about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in India, when they were found dead.

James and Alex Gaskell were found dead in their hotel room near the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra on Tuesday morning.

The couple was found laying on their bed surrounded by many drugs including anti-depressant pills along with a guide book, travel bag and cell phone.

An autopsy confirmed that they were killed by “acute respiratory distress syndrome” due to taking an excessive amount of either Diazepam or Codeine.

The two, who were due to celebrate their first wedding anniversary next month, had traveled to India more than three months ago and had spoken freely about their use of prescription drugs on social networks.

James, 28, had tweeted about the ease with which they could buy painkillers including codeine, valium and xanax without a prescription at pharmacies in India.