Joseph John Hines, ex-Talent Trail regular, died alone in his Hull flat
A WELL-KNOWN former Talent Trail contestant lay undiscovered in his flat for a week after dying alone.
Joseph John Hines, 79, was found by police in the bedroom of his flat in Clarendon Street, city centre, after his friend reported him missing.
An inquest into the death of Mr Hines, held at Hull Coroners Court, heard the amateur singer had leukaemia and anaemia.
Friends and neighbours reported him missing to police in June after a week passed without anyone seeing him.
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Mr Hines, who was not married and did not have any children entered the Mail's Talent Trail contest four times between 2000 and 2004.
He was the oldest contestant in the competition in 2004 and said at the time he had a lasting desire to sing to an audience and be on stage.
His cousin Margaret Hodges said: "He loved to sing, he entered various competitions and did well in them.
"He followed his passion for Pavarotti to Italy, he enjoyed visiting tea rooms and writing poetry.
"He often contributed to the Hull Daily Mail letters page and regularly had his letters printed."
Mr Hines was an only child and spent most of his life living in the Hessle Road area.
His father John died when he was just 13 and he lived with his mother Olive until she went into a care home in 1982.
They lived in and around the Hessle Road area but saw three of their homes demolished under Hull City Council redevelopment.
During his career, Mr Hines had many jobs, including working on various areas of the Hull fish market in St Andrew's Dock, serving national service in the Army catering corps, working in a pottery warehouse in Wright Street and Mann and Crossley pork butchers in Charles Street.
Mr Hines suffered depression and had been admitted to the De La Pole mental health hospital.
He met a woman called Ida in 1996 and the couple lived together in Clarendon Street. However, Ida suffered mental health problems and died in 2000.
The inquest heard, despite suffering with leukaemia, Mr Hines would refuse treatment.
Robert Thomas, a friend of Mr Hines, said: "He wasn't frightened of dying and believed there was something for you after this life.
"Joseph was well-known in the city centre. He was a well- liked man and will be missed."
Dr Justin Cooke, a consultant histopathologist at Hull Royal Infirmary, carried out a post mortem on Mr Hines's body.
However, he was unable to record the cause of death because his organs were so badly decomposed.
Coroner Michael Mellun recorded a verdict of death by natural causes.