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Jockey Swinburn died in accidental fall, coroner rules

By Nina Massey

Walter Swinburn, one of the most renowned jockeys of his generation and rider of the great Shergar, died as a result of an accident, a coroner has ruled.

The 55-year-old suffered a fatal head injury after falling 12 feet from his bathroom window in London's Belgravia on December 12 last year.

An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court heard that although Swinburn had epilepsy, it was not possible to establish if this had contributed to the fall.

Nicknamed the 'Choirboy', Swinburn rode Shergar to success in the 1981 Derby at the age of 19, one of three winners for him in the Epsom Classic alongside Shahrastani (1986) and Lammtarra (1995).

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