A BISHOP’S Waltham man died after suffering a fall at his home, an inquest opening heard.

Victor Gordon Hampton was taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, after he fell at his home in Pine Road on December 29 last year.

A hearing at Winchester Coroner’s Court was told that the 71-year-old died on January 3 this year.

Opening the inquest, area coroner Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp said that there was a “suggestion of asbestos exposure in Mr Hampton’s previous records”.

A post mortem carried out by Dr Adnan Al-Badri said Mr Hampton died of cardiac failure and chronic lung disease.

Mrs Rhodes-Kemp adjourned the hearing, and a full inquest will take place on May 11.