Drug death honeymooner was anti-drugs – and wanted to ‘break husband’s addiction’

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Enterprise News and Pictures                                  21/10/14nPic shows: Believed to be the last picture of British married couple James Oliver Gaskell, 28, and Alexandra Nichola GaskelL, 24, who are thought to have died on Monday night in their hotel room in Agra, India, of a suspected drugs overdose. Stress relief drugs and sleeping pills were found in the room with their bodies when police were called by staff on Tuesday morning after there was no response from their room. Indian police identified them from their passports. The food they ordered on Monday night had not been eaten so it is believed they died that night. Messages they had posted on social media in the weeks before their deaths indicated the tourists had taken drugs including Xanax, Valium Codeine, benzodiazepine and Lyrica. This photo was posted just five days ago on Instagram with the caption " At Akshardham temple. Delhi isn't all grim!"nSee story...

The couple were on a two-year extended-work holiday in India (Picture: Facebook)

A woman found dead next to her husband after the pair apparently overdosed was ‘vehemently anti-drugs’ – and had tried to break her husband’s addiction.

Alex Gaskell, 24, and husband James were found dead in a hotel in Agra, India, surrounded by packets of sleeping pills, anti-depressants and other prescription drugs.

And the family of the talented photographer, who has a first-class degree, reveled she had been staunchly anti-drugs her whole life – and had been seen as the ‘salvation’ for her 27-year-old drug-taking husband.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sanjay Jha/REX (4218006e)  Drugs near the bodies of British couple James Gaskell, 27, and his wife Alexandra, 24, in their hotel room near the Taj Mahal in India  British couple die of suspected drugs overdose on holiday in India - 21 Oct 2014  James Oliver Gaskell, 28, and his wife Alexandra Nichola Gaskell, 24, are believed to have died in their hotel room in Agra, India, of a suspected drugs overdose. Stress relief drugs and sleeping pills were found alongside their bodies when police were called by staff on after there was no response from their room. Indian police identified them from their passports. The food they ordered on Monday night had not been eaten so it is believed they died that night. Messages they had posted on social media in the weeks before their deaths indicated the tourists had taken drugs including Xanax, Valium Codeine, benzodiazepine and Lyrica.

Alex Gaskell was staunchly anti-drugs, her family say (Picture: Rex)

‘James had been taking anti-depressants but it just wasn’t like Alex to do anything like that,’ said Mrs Gaskell’s step-father Greg Pike, 67.

‘I’ve spoken to James’ mum and she’s as puzzled as me. We just can’t understand how this has happened. She saw Alex as James’ salvation.’

The pair, who both taught languages at Manchester International College, were on a two-year extended-work holiday that would eventually take them to Indonesia.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sanjay Jha/REX (4218006g)  the bodies of British couple James Gaskell, 27, and his wife Alexandra, 24, in their hotel room near the Taj Mahal in India  British couple die of suspected drugs overdose on holiday in India - 21 Oct 2014  James Oliver Gaskell, 28, and his wife Alexandra Nichola Gaskell, 24, are believed to have died in their hotel room in Agra, India, of a suspected drugs overdose. Stress relief drugs and sleeping pills were found alongside their bodies when police were called by staff on after there was no response from their room. Indian police identified them from their passports. The food they ordered on Monday night had not been eaten so it is believed they died that night. Messages they had posted on social media in the weeks before their deaths indicated the tourists had taken drugs including Xanax, Valium Codeine, benzodiazepine and Lyrica.

Police believe they died of a drug overdose (Picture: Rex)

But while Mrs Gaskell had posted exotic photos of the trip on Twitter and Instagram, her husband had written posts on the ease of which he was able to obtain powerful prescription drugs like diazepam, also marketed as Valium.

Ish Anand, who prescribed Mr Gaskell the drug, said ‘he felt he [Mr Gaskell] knew what he was doing’.

Police believe the couple died of a drug overdose, but results of post-mortem examinations and toxicology tests have yet to be released.

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