Billionaire could have died at any time

BILLIONAIRE Badri Patarkatsishvili could have died at any time because he had severe heart disease, an inquest heard today.The 52-year-old, who feared assassination, collapsed at his country mansion near Leatherhead, Surrey, on Tuesday night.

BILLIONAIRE Badri Patarkatsishvili could have died at any time because he had severe heart disease, an inquest heard today.

The 52-year-old Georgian, who feared assassination, collapsed at his country mansion near Leatherhead, Surrey, on Tuesday night.

The inquest into his death was opened and adjourned to a later date by Surrey coroner Michael Burgess during a brief hearing at Woking Coroner's Court today.

Coroner's officer Camille Juliff told the hearing that Mr Patarkatsishvili was at home with his family when he complained of chest pains and feeling unwell.

He went upstairs to rest and was found collapsed a short while later. Ambulance staff attended and attempted resuscitation but were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at 10.52pm, she said.

The court heard pathologist Dr Ashley Fegan-Earl carried out a post mortem examination on his body the following day.

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In his report he stated he found "significant natural disease', identified as coronary heart disease.

He said: "This was of a severity that could have resulted in a sudden and unexplained collapse and death at any time.”