"It was abundantly clear to anyone that met him that he cared passionately and deeply about Derby County and his contribution to the club will not be forgotten.
Recording a narrative verdict, assistant coroner Paul McCandless said: hospital, he was given low dosage steroids to reduce the spinal swelling. He said that, due to an error, admitted by Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust, Mr Smith was only supposed to be placed on steroids for 48 hours but they were continued.
Mr McCandless said: he saw him again on April 11, he viewed the prognosis on his spinal cord injury as being good and hoped to perform surgery in four weeks. But on April 17 an internal ulcer was found and, two days later, he suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
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The error with steroids was not believed to have contributed to his death.
"As a former player, coming back to work for the club on a match day in our corporate areas, he was an extremely popular figure.
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When spinal and orthopaedic surgeon Jonathan Clamp took him on as his patient on April 9, he spotted the error and reduced the dosage.
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