A conspiracy theorist whose mum believes he was ‘murdered by his enemies’ vomited two litres of black fluid shortly before he died, an inquest heard.
Max Spiers, 39, sought to expose government cover-ups and visited Poland to speak at a conference before he died on a sofa 24 hours later.
Just days before his death, the dad-of-two had texted his mum Vanessa Bates the chilling message: “Your boy’s in trouble. If anything happens, investigate.”
Mr Spiers, a world-renowned conspiracy theorist from Canterbury, Kent, was said to have been probing into the lives of well-known figures in politics, business and entertainment.
He made a name for himself investigating UFO sightings and alleged cover-ups.
Mr Spiers, who went to school with Orlando Bloom, had visited Poland after holidaying in Cyprus with a friend, who later discovered his body.
The inquest at Canterbury coroner’s court into his death in Otwock on July 16 opened on Monday after his body was repatriated.
Polish authorities had initially dismissed his death as being down to natural causes, but a post-mortem examination at Margate Hospital, Kent, was unable to determine how he died.
In a statement, coroner’s investigations officer Caroline O’Donnell said: “When they returned, Mr Spiers became ill with a high temperature and was weak.
“The following day, Mr Spiers vomited two litres of black fluid.
“The friend called a doctor who attempted resuscitation before pronouncing him dead.”
Mr Spiers had lived in America for a few years, but had returned to Canterbury to stay with his mum before jetting off to Poland.
Vanessa, an English teacher who also buys into the theories, said: “He was making a name for himself in the world of conspiracy theorists and had been invited to speak at a conference in Poland in July.
“He was staying with a woman who he had not known for long and she told me how she found him dead on the sofa.
“But I think Max had been digging in some dark places and I fear that somebody wanted him dead.
“Max was a very fit man who was in good health and yet he apparently just died suddenly on a sofa.
“All I have is a death certificate from the Polish authorities that it was from natural causes, but no post-mortem was done so how can they tell that?
“They are also refusing to release any paperwork about it to me because, absurdly, I don’t have his written permission.”
Coroner Alan Blunsdon told the court he was still awaiting a report from Polish authorities.
He also hopes to secure funding to have Mr Spiers’ laptop and mobile phone forensically analysed.
Fellow conspiracy theorists, UFO investigators and bloggers have claimed the circumstances of the death suspicious.
On one website, blogger Project Camelot wrote: “The entire circumstances are suspicious and I urge everyone to encourage the release of details about what really happened and call for an autopsy.”
Another, Craig Hewlett, added: “If it wasn’t true what he talks about then why would they kill him? Healthy people don’t just get sick and die, they get poisoned.”
His mum added: “It’s been a long time coming, but I’m just relieved that at last something is happening and there is a proper investigation and inquest.”
She previously spoke of her belief that her son was murdered: “These people (who Max was mixing with) appeared to be involved with some very dark and dangerous areas of the world.
“I was afraid that as he was gaining popularity and fame that perhaps someone would want him out of the way, i.e. not alive any longer. I believe somebody’s killed him.
“He has a brother, Josh, and sister, Becky, who are both devastated, as are his two boys. We all want answers to this and I will continue to fight to get to the truth.”
Mr Spiers was buried in Canterbury after his family had his body flown home a week after his death.
The inquest continues.