A pensioner who died after plunging 15ft from a footbridge at Warwick Castle is thought to have suffered a heart attack before he fell.
The 72-year-old man, who has not been named, died in hospital after falling into a dry moat while visiting the castle yesterday afternoon. A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said the man, who has yet to be named, was from the Coventry area.
"The incident is not being treated as suspicious and police are not investigating the matter," the force spokesman said.
A spokeswoman for the castle, a popular tourist attraction, said the area where the man fell had now been closed off. Paramedics were called to the castle at 4.40pm yesterday as members of the public and St John Ambulance volunteers attempted to resuscitate the visitor. The castle spokeswoman said: "An immediate investigation has been launched into the incident and access to the area has been closed off.
"In accordance with our health and safety procedures, the Health and Safety Executive have been informed."
She added that she understood the man had fallen as a result of having a heart attack.
"Sadly, it looks like he had a heart attack and then fell," she said.
Officers from Warwick District Council’s Environmental Health Department have visited the castle as part of an investigation into the death.
"As part of the investigations it is also hoped to talk with any family or friends who were with the gentleman at the time of his death," a council spokesman said.