Inquest – Spain death

Tragic death: Beryl Miller from Blackpool died during a family holiday to Calella, near Barcelona
Tragic death: Beryl Miller from Blackpool died during a family holiday to Calella, near Barcelona

A woman was found dead by her husband during a family holiday to Spain, an inquest heard.

Beryl Miller, 74, was found unresponsive in bed by her husband Brian after a trip to Calella, near Barcelona.

Blackpool coroner’s court heard Mrs Miller, of Dewhurst Avenue, Blackpool, died on May 26 last year after complaining of feeling ill for several days.

The 74-year-old had travelled to Costa Brava with her husband Brian, as well as daughter Alison and her partner.

Coroner Alan Wilson said the former office clerk had started to complain of a heavy cold and sore throat three days before she died. She went to a pharmacy for treatment, but hours later was found dead by her husband.

Mr Miller, who did not attend the hearing but submitted a statement, said his wife had started to feel ill the moment their daughter went home.

He added: “She started to talk less and lost her appetite.

“I suggested going to hospital. It was very clear she was ill and got worse.

“On May 26 we got up and had a coffee, but she was still struggling. She seemed tired, more than usual.

“She said she wanted a lie-down – I had never known her to do that during the day.”

Mr Miller said he lay on the bed with his wife and fell asleep. He woke 10 minutes later to find Mrs Miller asleep and fell asleep again, but hours later woke to find her unresponsive.

The court was told the hotel manager was called and paramedics arrived, but Mrs Miller was pronounced dead. A post mortem in Spain suggested she had died from a heart attack.

Coroner Alan Wilson said Spanish authorities had contacted him with a pathology report, which revealed Mrs Miller had died after her breathing failed following a bout of pneumonia.

Mr Wilson said: “On the balance of probability there is enough evidence to suggest Mrs Miller died of natural causes.

“This will be the conclusion.”