Pensioner found dead by cleaner after fall at home

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A Sudbury pensioner suffering from a blood disorder was found dead at his home by his cleaner, an inquest heard.

The body of Reginald Tait, 86, was discovered on September 16 by Pauline Lock, who had last seen him alive a week earlier.

A post-mortem examination conducted by Dr Sheila Purdy showed that Mr Tait had died of asphyxia linked to a fall, and a pre-existing medical condition.

Mr Tait, a widower from Park Road, was a retired production supervisor, an inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard on Wednesday.

Death was confirmed by a paramedic called to the house and police concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said medical records showed Mr Tait had suffered from myelodysplatic syndrome, which interfered with the production of red blood cells and the ability for his blood to clot normally.

Following a fall, Mr Tait had suffered a subdural haemorrhage which led to his death. Dr Dean recorded a narrative verdict that Mr Tait’s death was caused by a fall and a pre-existing medical condition.

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