A 48-YEAR-OLD man died of liver disease less than a day after a fight with his neighbour, the Coroner's Court heard yesterday. A jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes in the case of alcoholic Chung Yung-wah. Coroner Rodney Venning heard that Chung was admitted to the United Christian Hospital after he had fought with his neighbour, Wan Kin-man, 36, at Shun Lee temporary housing area on April 23. Doctors noted that Chung smelled of alcohol. He vomited and developed hypertension the following morning. He was pronounced dead at 7.20 pm. After the hearing, Chung's younger sister, Chung Oi-lin, said her brother might have been in a bad mood because of his divorce last year. Chung was survived by five children, Ms Chung said. Senior forensic pathologist Bobby Shum said the government chemist had found no alcohol in Chung's body because he had died almost a day after admission. He said the alcohol might have metabolised between the time of admission and death. As to injuries found on Chung's body, Dr Shum found them to be trivial and said they had no direct link to the bleeding in Chung's abdominal cavity. He attributed Chung's death to cirrhosis of the liver. Social worker Luk Yiu-tung, 26, who saw the fight, said he saw Chung lying outside his office at a community centre in the housing area after the incident. While he accompanied Chung home, Mr Luk saw a man armed with an iron rod land a blow on Chung's calf, the court heard. Chung was holding an empty wine bottle at the time. Mr Wan said Chung started the fight by hitting his wall several times. He said Chung, who had drunk a bottle of wine, tried to use the empty bottle to attack him, but failed. Chung chased Mr Wan to his home and assaulted him with the bottle. The court heard Mr Wan picked up an iron rod and hit back. A police officer arrested Mr Wan for fighting in a public place. Under caution, Mr Wan told police: ''Sir, earlier on Chung Yung-wah was drunk. He came to my room and kept on hitting the wall. I stopped him, asking him not to make any noise. However, he used the bottle to hit me.''