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Mum’s tribute to Derby son with a ‘pure soul’ as investigation opens into death

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The inquest into the death of a 24-year-old musician and producer from Derby has opened after his body was found at a house in the city. Harry Leighton-Clarke, also known as “Harry LC”, was an apprentice welder by trade but also released music through his page on Spotify.

His body was found at his home in City Road in Derby on Saturday, July 23, 2022, with his uncle, Adam Leighton, confirming his identity.

A few days after his death, Mr Leighton-Clarke’s mother Sally Leighton paid tribute to her son on BBC Radio Derby. She described him as an “amazing person who was just there for everybody. He never saw his worth, and I used to tell him he was just amazing, he just had this talent that came from nowhere.

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“He was so empathetic, a friend to everyone, a shining light and just a beautiful, pure soul. He just didn’t see himself how everybody else saw him, he was just so funny. He had this personality, a big personality, and he didn’t think he had confidence but he had bags of it.”

At the hearing at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court, the assistant coroner, Susan Evans, added that Mr Leighton-Clarke was single at the time of his death and had been born in Derby in February 1998. His body was found at his home address.

In the interview with Radio Derby’s Martyn Williams, Mrs Leighton continued: “He didn’t have confidence in himself and that’s what makes me sad because the world’s lost an amazing person. He was there for me, a lot, we were very, very close and sometimes he’d be an anchor for me because we’ve been through so much together, I just can’t believe he’s not here anymore.”

Mr Leighton-Clarke played the guitar and was self-taught, following in the footsteps of his father, Mrs Leighton confirmed. She also said that there were around three albums’ worth of music that her son had made.

Adjourning the inquest opening hearing, Miss Evans said a number of reports are still to be submitted to the coroner’s office, including the police report. She set a review date of November 22, 2022, and passed on her condolences to the family and friends of Mr Leighton-Clarke.

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