A RETIRED miner died from natural causes, an inquest heard.

Robert Pearson, 75, of Batley, who was born in 1936 had served in the Army before he joined the building trade.

He worked for several years as a builder, erecting garages and cranes before spending 15 years as a miner.

He eventually retired from the industry in 1985.

Mr Pearson, who was widowed, had suffered a series of breathing-related health problems, which had seen him in and out of hospital from 2009.

He was found dead at his home on July 4, after suffering from respiratory failure due to chronic pulmonary fibrosis.

Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded the death was due to natural causes at the inquest at Bradford Coroner’s Court yesterday.