Esther Lemalama, 40, was discovered lying unresponsive in her house with her head between a heater, bed, and the wall.
Esther Lemalama of Kelston was discovered lying unresponsive in her house by her husband Tutolu Iona when he returned home from work. Lemalama was lying facedown on the bedroom floor, with her head between a heater, their bed, and the wall, Radio New Zealand reports.
Iona called emergency services around 5:30 pm, but Lemalama was pronounced dead less than an hour later at 6:17 pm. The 40-year-old had a history of consuming synthetic cannabinoids.
Coroner Erin Woolley found that Lemalama died from “positional asphyxia due to synthetic cannabinoid intoxication.” A combination of synthetic cannabis and her physical position led her to stop breathing.