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14 February 2017

Walter Swinburn's death an accident, inquest finds

Legendary jockey Walter Swinburn died as a result of an accident at his home in Belgravia, London, an inquest has heard.

Walter Swinburn wearing a blue cap outside the riding stables, and stroking the head of a horse

The 55-year old flat racing jockey who had epilepsy, suffered a fatal injury after falling approximately 12 feet from his bathroom window on 12 December last year.

An inquest at Westminster Coroners Court said it was impossible to establish whether Walter's epilepsy had contributed to his fall. He had developed epilepsy eight years after a riding accident in Hong Kong in 1996.

Epilepsy champion

Chief executive at Epilepsy Society, Clare Pelham said: "All our thoughts are with Walter's family and friends as they come to terms with his loss.

"Walter was a real champion of people with epilepsy and was generous in sharing his own experience of the condition to help raise awareness. He was always very grateful for the support he received from Epilepsy Society.

"Following his funeral we received a very generous donation from his family and friends which will help us to continue our work in supporting people with epilepsy through our helpline and research that will transform the management and treatment of epilepsy in the future."

Victory on Shergar

The champion flat racing jockey famously rode superstar racehorse Shergar to victory at the age of 19.

Walter was a three-times Derby winner. He won with Shergar in 1981, with Shahrastani in 1986 and with Lammatarra in 1995.

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Epilepsy Society pays tribute to Walter Swinburn.

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