Police are investigating the death of a man who became seriously unwell moments after smoking herbal incense.
Shortly after 4.30pm on 19 July 2014, police were called to the Northern Quarter, Manchester, after a man, 44, became unwell shortly after smoking herbal incense.
He was taken to hospital and died on 25 July 2014. While his exact cause of death has not yet been established, there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Detectives know the man smoked â€œEclipseâ€ – which is marketed as herbal incense and described on the internet as herbal ecstasy – just prior to collapsing and suffering a heart attack.
Detective Sergeant Mark Astbury, said: â€œWhile the circumstances surrounding the manâ€™s death are very much ongoing, we know for certain he became very unwell soon after smoking the incense and are working with the coroner to establish the full circumstances.
â€œEclipse and other such herbal incense, while often marketed as not for human consumption/inhalation are surreptitiously sold by retailers and frequently consumed by users as so called â€œlegal highsâ€.
â€œFaced with what we know we feel it is important to send out what will appear to most to be extremely obvious safety message. Put simply, do not smoke herbal incense. It is not for direct inhalation and you do not know what effect it will have on your wellbeing.â€