Lung problems not caused by asbestos fibres, coroner rules
A RETIRED Rolls-Royce chauffeur who drove members of the royal family on visits to Derby died of natural causes, an inquest has ruled.
John Griffiths, who lived in Spondon, was 77 when he died in April this year.
Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court heard Mr Griffiths worked at Rolls-Royce between 1975 and 1991. A post-mortem examination was carried out and the cause of death given by pathologist Andrew Hitchcock was broncopneumonia caused by cancer in his lung that had travelled from somewhere else in his body.
Mr Griffiths worked as a navy stoker in the engine room as part of his national service between 1955 and 57. He also worked as a plater at Aitons and International Combustion.
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Assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless said: "Mr Griffiths contracted pneumonia as a result of his underlying lung cancer.
"But it was naturally occurring and was not due to asbestos fibres."