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Inquest hears actress died from accidental injury

A coroner has found that the 1940s movie star Jean Kent died from accidental injury after falling at her home in Suffolk.

Last November the retired actress was found unconscious in her house in the village of Westhorpe. She was taken to hospital but died 2 days later.

During the height of her career she was one of Britain's best known actresses. But it was her love of Suffolk that kept her grounded and helped her resist the glamour of Hollywood.

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Friend pleased over end to suspicious death rumours

An inquest has heard that Jean Kent may have died in a fall at her Suffolk home.

Her executor, film and theatre critic Michael Thornton, said he was pleased rumours about suspicious circumstances surrounding her death had now been dismissed.

The coroner's findings refute the wilder stories that were in circulation at the time of Jean's death, to the effect that intruders might have broken into her house and attacked her.

One report even used the word, 'murdered'. As the police have established, that certainly did not happen.

At the time that her housekeeper found her, the front door of the house was still locked, and the alarm system was in operation."

– Michael Thornton

Suffolk movie star may have died in a fall

Jean Kent Credit: ITV Anglia

Suffolk acress Jean Kent might have died in a fall after suffering a heart attack in her bedroom an inquest heard.

The 92-year-old was one of Britain's biggest TV and film stars of the 1940s and 1950s but in later life lived quietly in a Suffolk village.

Ms Kent, described as well-loved in her community, died in hospital last year two days after being found collapsed under a television at her home in Church Road, Westhorpe, near Stowmarket.

It is not known how long the star, real name Joan Mildred Hurst, had lain under the screen before she was found amidst "considerable disarray" by her housekeeper Rita Betts at about 11.30am on November 28.

Her death sparked a police investigation but officers established there was no evidence of any wrongdoing.

Coroner Peter Dean recorded a narrative verdict that Ms Kent died from accidental injuries against a background of significant cardiac disease which may have preceded the fall.

Ms Kent acted in 45 films and starred alongside Marilyn Monroe, Michael Redgrave and Laurence Olivier during her career.

Beginning her career as a chorus girl, her roles included Fanny By Gaslight, The Browning Version, The Prince And The Showgirl and a late career cameo in Up Pompeii.

Inquest into death of Jean Kent

The actress Jean Kent died last November.

Paramedics were called to Ms Kent's home in Church Road, Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, at around 11.30am on November 28 after a report that she had been found collapsed inside the property.

She was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where she died two days later.

Suffolk Police said that, following an investigation, officers found no evidence that Ms Kent had been assaulted.

Ms Kent acted in 45 films and starred alongside Marilyn Monroe, Michael Redgrave and Laurence Olivier during her career.

Inquest to take place into death of Suffolk screen star

Jean Kent in her acting days Credit: ITV Anglia

An inquest will be held into the death of actress Jean Kent following a fall at her home in Suffolk.

The 92-year-old, who was one of Britain's biggest TV and film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, died in hospital last year.

An inquest under Ms Kent's real name, Joan Mildred Hurst, is due to take place in Ipswich today.

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Jean Kent death inquest opens

Jean Kent starring in 'Caravan' Credit: ITV News Anglia

An inquest is due to be opened today in the death of Suffolk actress Jean Kent. Jean was found collapsed at her home in Westhorpe near Stowmarket last month. She died in hospital two days later.

The 92 year old, who was one of Britain's biggest film actresses in the 1940's, is due to be buried tomorrow.

Update: Suffolk Police find no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Jean Kent

Suffolk Police have carried out a full inquiry into the death of Jean Kent. Credit: PA

Suffolk Police say they have carried out a full inquiry into the death of former film star Jean Kent but have found no suspicious circumstances.

Miss Kent was found in her home at Westhorpe near Stowmarket by a housekeeper last month and died in hospital two days later.

Suffolk: Investigation launched into death of Jean Kent

Jean Kent in 'Caravan.' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk Police have confirmed they are investigating the death of former film star Jean Kent after she was found collapsed at her home near Stowmarket.

Miss Kent, who was 92, was in films alongside Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier and James Mason during the forties and fifties.

She was found in her home at Westhorpe by a housekeeper last month and died in hospital two days later.

Police say they are treating her death as 'unexplained.'

Forensic teams have searched her home.

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