Midlands Provincial Magistrate Ms Pathekile Msipa waived post mortem as foul play was not suspected in Peason Sibanda’s death which happened on Friday.
According to a post mortem report, Sibanda died due to alcohol poisoning.
Sibanda’s family could not be reached immediately, but a neighbour Mr Fungayi Moyana said Sibanda – who was celebrating his 21st birthday – was trying to impress his friends by having one too many.
He said trouble started when Sibanda made a bet with his friends to gulp down a 750 ml bottle of Two Keys whisky.
Mr Moyana said later that day, Sibanda collapsed and died at Matinunura High School in Gweru where he was running a tuck shop at the school premises.
“I saw Sibanda early in the morning with his buddies on a beer drinking spree and they were stone drunk. Sibanda is said to have made a bet with his friends that he would finish a whole bottle of Two Keys whisky but it got too heavy for him and he ended up proving to a be lightweight for the toxic spirit,” said Mr Moyana.
“I was later shocked to receive news that Sibanda collapsed at Matinunura and died. I strongly suspect that it was the heavy drinking that led to his death.”
Sibanda was buried yesterday at Mkoba Village 9 Cemetery in Gweru.
Midlands Police Spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende could not be reached for a comment over the matter.-Chronicle