A SERIOUSLY ill man died after suffering a fall, an inquest heard.

Derek Jardine was found dead by his mother at his home in Blackers Court, Dewsbury, after falling down the stairs.

A post-mortem revealed that the 56-year-old, who had Hodgkin’s disease, died from shock and haemorrhaging when his pelvis was fractured in the accident.

The Huddersfield inquest revealed that Mr Jardine, a retired HGV driver, was diagnosed with the illness 12 months before he died and had completed his ninth course of chemotherapy two weeks previously.

His mother Ivy told in a statement that she went to visit her son at his home when he was unwell on November 20 last year.

Two days later she returned to find the door locked and when she tried to push it open she found her son lying just behind it by the foot of the stairs. Mrs Jardine phoned paramedics who pronounced him dead at the scene.

She said he had been very weak when she last saw him alive and that she believed the curtains found pulled away from the window at the top of the stairs had been grabbed by her son to steady himself when he felt dizzy.

Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded a verdict of accidental death.