No inquest into Charlotte Dawson's death

07:04, Jun 28 2014
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Charlotte Dawson arrives at the GQ Men of the Year awards at the Ivy Ballroom on November 19, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
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Charlotte Dawson and Roger Wylie at the Heritage for the launch of the new luxury apartments , The Stanley.
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Media personality Charlotte Dawson smiles after getting slimed during the Nickelodeon Slimefest 2012 evening show at Hordern Pavilion on September 15, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
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Moet & Chandon Party at NZFW...Petra Bagust, Trelise Cooper and Charlotte Dawson
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Charlotte Dawson, photographed in her Auckland home Dec. 2006. promoting a 2007 calendar which supports animals in need. She is holding her pet chihuahua dog Harper.
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Celebrity Charlotte Dawson officially opens Aoraki Polytechnic's hairdressing and beauty therapy facility.
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United Travel Getaway host Charlotte Dawson had an adrenalin-fuelled start to her day today with a 12,000ft tandem skydive, over the snow-kissed Remarkables with Tandem Master Scott Wingate
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Charlotte Dawson, in an image posted on her Instagram account the day before her body was found.
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: TV personality Charlotte Dawson watches the game during the round 12 NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the Perth Wildcats at Sydney Entertainment Centre on December 29, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
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2003: Charlotte Dawson with her book 'Charlotte's Secrets'.
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2003: Charlotte Dawson and her puppy.
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2006: Charlotte Dawson at Pontoon for the Chandon Supper Club after party.
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Charlotte Dawson shows off some of Trelise Cooper's latest clothing- red / white fitted dress - at the L'oreal fashion week in Auckland 2003.
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Charlotte Dawson in the Trelise Cooper show Loreal Fashion week Auckland Town Hall, 2003.
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Charlotte Dawson arrives at the launch of Australia's Next Top Model Season 8 at Doltone House on July 4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
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Alex Perry, Jennifer Hawkins and Charlotte Dawson pose during the Sydney audition for Season 8 of Australia's Next Top Model at Pitt Street Mall on January 19, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Four months after she took her own life, there will be no coronial inquest into the death of Charlotte Dawson.

The NSW Coroner's Court received a brief of evidence from Kings Cross police last week and the matter has been finalised, effectively dispensing the need for an inquest.

The decision has surprised some of Dawson's friends, many of whom had raised concerns about the former model and television personality, especially surrounding her use of the controversial drug Baclofen.

Some of those friends had expressed their concern in a lengthy article on Dawson's death published in the Australian Women's Weekly this week, which claims that many doctors refuse to prescribe the drug in Australia, though Charlotte had managed to locate it via "Dr Google".

According to the article, the drug is normally used to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but which some people have started taking to try to "get their alcoholism under control".

"Yet Charlotte got some, somehow, and texted pictures of the box to her friends saying she hoped this would be the answer to her 'battle with the bottle'," the Weekly reported, adding that others had believed the same but with tragic consequences referring to the death of a beautiful British PR executive named Anna Sargent.

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Sargent threw herself to her death from a bridge over the Thames after becoming addicted to Baclofen, which she too had been taking to try, as the Weekly put it, "cure her alcoholism".

The British coroner said: "This has been a very unhappy tale - Ms Sargent was a beautiful girl and she clearly loved her family".

Yet while the Weekly article raised the prospect of Dawson's use of Baclofen and other prescription drugs being investigated if a coronial inquest was held, this week's decision has effectively quashed any notions.

The article also set the record straight on several false accounts of what happened the day Dawson was found dead in her luxury Woolloomooloo apartment.

"The scene was not, as has been reported elsewhere, filthy. Charlotte did not die in squalor and she was not in debt to the landlord. There was no great stash of empty bottles strewn about the apartment and no overflowing ashtrays.

On the contrary, Charlotte had taken one of her favourite dresses - a floor length green number - out of the closet and slipped it on. She fixed her hair and she had stood in front of the mirror and applied a full set of lush, fake eyelashes, as if to ensure she'd look her best."

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Sydney Morning Herald