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Retired engineer found collapsed in his Beck Row home, Suffolk Corroner's Court hears


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Mr Parsley recorded a verdict that Mr Donaldson died as a result of natural causes.
Mr Parsley recorded a verdict that Mr Donaldson died as a result of natural causes.

A retired engineer was found collapsed in the hallway of his home with his hoodie tangled around his walker, an inquest has heard.

Despite the efforts of carers and an ambulance crew, Raymond Donaldson could not be revived.

An inquest held at Suffolk Coroner’s Court in Ipswich heard Mr Donaldson had been discovered by carers at his home in Aspal Hall Road, Beck Row, on October 1 last year.

American-born Mr Donaldson, 76, was found to have been suffering from a number of serious medical conditions and a post-mortem examination showed he had ‘significant’ heart problems.

Consultant pathologist Dr Karl Love recorded the cause of death as coronary artery disease, possible postural asphyxiation and a pancreatic abcess.

Senior Suffolk coroner Nigel Parsley said: “This is not a very straightforward case. It is clear that Raymond was suffering from a very large number of very serious medical conditions, any number of which could have led to his death in its own right. However, when Raymond
was found his hoodie was caught in his walker and it is possible that postural asphyxia may have contributed.”

Mr Parsley recorded a verdict that Mr Donaldson died as a result of natural causes.



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