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Jimi Heselden died of multiple injuries after he fell over a cliff while apparently riding a Segway scooter, an inquest has heard

Jimi Heselden died of multiple injuries after he fell over a cliff while apparently riding a Segway scooter, an inquest has heard

A Segway i2 Personal Transporter, similar to one which Jimi Heselden was believed to have been riding when he died

A Segway i2 Personal Transporter, similar to one which Jimi Heselden was believed to have been riding when he died

Flowers next to the River Wharfe, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, where Segway company owner Jimi Heselden died

Flowers next to the River Wharfe, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, where Segway company owner Jimi Heselden died

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Jimi Heselden died of multiple injuries after he fell over a cliff while apparently riding a Segway scooter, an inquest has heard

A millionaire businessman died from a multiple injuries consistent with falling while riding a "gyrobike" - thought to be a Segway scooter made by his own company - a coroner has confirmed.

An inquest into the death of Jimi Heselden, 62, has been opened and adjourned at Leeds Coroner's Court.

Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor, from West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, told Leeds Coroner David Hinchliff that Mr Heselden's "lifeless" body was found in the area of Jackdaw Crag, near Boston Spa, Wetherby, on September 26.

Mr Taylor said a paramedic pronounced him dead at the scene and he was later formally identified by his wife, Julie.

Mr Hinchliff told the court a post-mortem examination concluded that Mr Heselden had suffered "multiple blunt force injuries of the chest and spine consistent with a fall whilst riding a gyrobike".

It is understood a Segway scooter was found close to where Mr Heselden fell, which is by the River Wharfe, near his Boston Spa home.

The coroner said the tycoon's body could be released to his family so a funeral could take place.

None of Mr Heselden's relatives were at the five-minute hearing and Mr Hinchliff adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

Mr Heselden made his fortune when his Leeds-based firm, Hesco Bastion. developed the "blast wall" basket, which protects soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, as a replacement for traditional sandbags.

Last year he led a British team which bought the US-based Segway company, which makes and distributes the distinctive two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters.

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