Funeral of former editor arranged as pathologist says his death was ‘quick and sudden’

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A FORMER editor at The Bucks Herald. Bucks Advertiser and Thame Gazette died from hypertensive heart disease, a post mortem has found.

Chris East, who was 65, worked for the newspapers for more than 40 years and has been described as ‘one of nature’s gentlemen’ and ‘generous to a fault’.

His body was found by a shocked friend at the bottom of the stairs at his home in Clifford Road, Princes Risborough on Sunday, May 6.

His funeral will be held on Monday, May 28, with a service celebrating his life at St Teresa’s Catholic Church in Risborough at 10am, before he is laid to rest at the town’s memorial garden.

His brother Mick said a post mortem showed that Mr East died from heart complications.

It was feared that he had fallen down the stairs and spent hours on the floor, but the pathologist ruled this out.

“He didn’t fall down the stairs,” said Mick.

He has been told that Mr East had cellulitis – an infection of the deeper layers of the skin and the underlying tissue.

The area of skin suddenly turns red, painful swollen and hot.

“He had something on his leg which burst and that is what killed him, I think it poisoned his heart.

“The pathologist said it would have been quick and sudden.

“He would have started to feel not very well and all of a sudden it (his heart) would have packed up.”