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Inquest hears two falls culpable for Fox's death.

Byline: Jon Lees

FORMER jockey Richard Fox died from a head injury after suffering two falls, one in a shop and one after he had been admitted to hospital, an inquest has heard.

Fox died at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, aged 57, in June 2011, two months after he was admitted for treatment after hitting his head on a freezer at an Iceland store.

In a narrative verdict Bury St Edmunds coroner Peter Dean concluded Fox died from a head injury, set against a background of epilepsy following a brain aneurysm which occurred while riding out in Newmarket in 1999.

The inquest was told that Fox, who retired in 1993 having ridden 872 winners, had been drinking on the day he fell in the shop. After being taken to hospital a brain scan showed no abnormalities, but after he was transferred to another ward he was later found on the floor.

Dr David Rouse, who carried out a post-mortem, concluded it was more likely he fell from the bed, rather than got up and fell, but it was "virtually impossible" to establish that.

Fox underwent further treatment at the specialist brain unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge but died following his transfer back to Bury St Edmunds.

The coroner said: "Mr Fox died from complications following a head injury after two falls against a background of epilepsy following a subarachnoid haemorrhage."

Fox began his career as an apprentice with Frenchie Nicholson and rode his first winner in 1972. He enjoyed a successful career as a lightweight and won many top handicaps, including the Lincoln, Cesarewitch and Northumberland Plate. After retiring he appeared as the double for actor Rupert Grint in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2012
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