A SHELLEY woman died after falling while taking washing upstairs.
Lesley Highfield, 58, of Westerley Way, died on October 7 last year.
An inquest in Huddersfield on Wednesday heard that she had been eating fish and chips and watching TV with long-term partner Robert Matthews on the night of her death.
At 9.15pm, he went to bed and left her watching TV.
The next day at 8.30am, he got up and realised something was wrong because his partner was usually up before him.
He went to the stairs and saw her at the bottom of the stairs.
She was not breathing and he called 999 and tried to resuscitate her.
But she was dead from brain haemorrhages caused by the fall.
Clothes were scattered on the stairs and he said it was her habit to carry clean washing up to her room at the end of the night so she could iron it.
She was a heavy drinker and often drank a bottle of vodka every couple of days. Tests after her death showed a blood alcohol level equivalent to six pints of beer.
Coroner Roger Whittaker said it was probably inebriation which caused her to fall on the stairs. He recorded a verdict of accidental death.