The inquest into the death of Boris Berezovsky has been opened and adjourned. There was a brief account of the circumstances around the discovery of the body.
He was found with material around his neck and also a piece of similar material tied around a shower nearby. There is no evidence of third party involvement. However, investigations are still ongoing, so this possibility cannot be eliminated.
Police are still waiting for toxicology reports and the house where he lived in Ascot remains 'under police control' as searches continue.
Berezovsky's body was formally identified this week by his eldest daughter.
The family of Boris Berezovsky’s second wife Galina Besharova have released a tribute to him through Thames Valley Police.
Mr Berezovsky had two children from this marriage, a son and a daughter.
The tribute, which is written by Mr Berezovsky’s daughter Anastasia on behalf of the family, reads: “My father was not the typical parent, nothing about him was ordinary. He has coloured my life in infinite ways, and I know that what he concerned himself most with was making all his children proud.
“His determination and excitement for every aspect of life is something that stands out in even my earliest memories of him and that will always remain deep in my heart.
“There aren't enough words in any language that can somehow express everything that he was and everything he will continue to be. The only word that comes close is extraordinary.”
An inquest is to be opened into the death of the Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found at his home in Mill Lane in Ascot on Saturday 23 March 2013. A formal identification by his next of kin took place on the afternoon of Tuesday 26 March.
Thames Valley Police said the inquest will be opened by HM Coroner for Berkshire Peter Bedford on Thursday 28 March in Windsor.
A post-mortem into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, 67, found the cause of death to be "consistent with hanging", Thames Valley Police said tonight.
The results of the post-mortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, have found the cause of death is consistent with hanging. The pathologist has found nothing to indicate a violent struggle.
Further tests will now be carried out, including toxicology and histology examinations, the results of which are likely to take several weeks.
A forensic examination of the property in Ascot, which is being carried out by Scenes of Crime Officers, will continue for several days and a cordon will remain in place until these have been completed.
Thames Valley Police have issued a statement about their investigation into the death of the Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky at his home in Ascot on Saturday 23 March 2013. The lead investigator re-iterated that the police had no evidence of third-party involvement in the tycoon's death.
“Scenes of Crime Officers are carrying out further forensic examinations at the property and these are expected to last several days.
“A cordon will remain in place until this work has been completed, to protect the scene."
“While this important investigative work continues, we are unable to comment on any items found within the property.
“I would like to reiterate that we have no evidence of any third-party involvement at this stage and we will not speculate on the cause of death until the post-mortem examination has been carried out.”
– Det Ch Insp Kevin Brown, Deputy Senior Investigating Officer, Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police, who are investigating the death of Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, have said they have no evidence of any third party involvement, which suggests they probably think he took his own life.
Yet they say they still want to talk to close friends and they are accutely aware of all the suspicions that have been thrown up as a result of this untimely death.
But it has to be said most friends do seem to think he probably took his own life. They talk about him being a broken man.
There was one quote which said the Russians didn't need to kill him because six months ago he was devastated by the British courts - a reference to his legal defeat to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
It cost him £70 million. And, perhaps more importantly for a proud man, it shredded his reputation.
Special police officers trained in chemical and nucleur contaminants were searching the home in Ascot where Boris Berezovsky was found dead yesterday. The 67 year old tycoon was a wanted man in Russia and fled to England. He had survived previous attempts on his life.
It's thought that in recent times he'd been having financial difficulties running up over £100 million in legal bills since 2011. Neil Connery reports from the scene.