Retired film star Jean Kent died after a television fell on her as she collapsed, a inquest heard today.
Jean Kent, whose real name was Joan Mildred Hurst, was found collapsed in her bedroom in Westhorpe by her cleaner Rita Betts on November 30.
Reading from Mrs Betts’ statement, coroner Dr Peter Dean said Ms Kent, 92, was found with a flatscreen television beside her and its metal stand across her body.
A statement from paramedic Kevin Breitsptecher said she appeared to have been on the floor for some time and he found bruising on her chest and arms.
She was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, where she died the following day.
A postmortem revealed fractured ribs on her right side and heart disease.
Dr Deans concluded: “She died from accidental injury from a fall occurring against a background of significant pre-existing cardiac disease which may have precipitated it.”
Ms Kent was a film star in the 1940s and early 1950s starring opposite leading men such as James Mason and Stuart Grainger, who was best man when she married Jusef Hurst in 1946. She was widowed in 1989. She last appeared on television in 1991 in Shrinks and Lovejoy.