Sudden Death of William Waller, 1890

The following report appeared in the Royston Crow on 2nd May 1890:
Sudden Death – An inquest was held at the Sailor’s Return, Meldreth, on Tuesday evening, touching the death of Mr Wm. Waller, a retired farmer of Meldreth, who had been found dead in his bed about eight o’clock that morning.  Mr Wm. Mortlock Waller, living at Meldreth, said the deceased was his father and was 74 years of age.  He was originally a farmer, but had retired from business.  Mr Hubert Sextus Reynolds, a duly qualified medical man, residing at Melbourn, said he had not attended the deceased during life.  That morning, about a quarter past eight, he was sent for and went at once.  When he arrived he found the deceased dead.  The body was warm, and might have been dead almost an hour.  He had made a post mortem examination of the body.  There were no eternal marks of violence.  On opening the chest he found the lungs normal, also the liver.  The internal organs were all healthy with the exception of the heart.  On opening the pericardium he found an abnormal quantity of fluid there.  The heart was very fatty, enlarged, and degenerated.  The cause of death was syncope consequent upon fatty degeneration of the heart.  A verdict in accordance with the doctor’s evidence was returned.

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