Inquest into death of former screen star

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.

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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

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