Berezovsky 'found with ligature around his neck'
Paramedics found the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, pictured, lying on the floor of his bathroom with a ligature around his neck matching material tied to a shower rail above him, the opening of his inquest heard yesterday.
Speculation has abounded since the controversial tycoon was found dead at his Berkshire home but yesterday Detective Inspector Mark Bissell told a coroner's court that there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.
In a brief hearing at Windsor Guildhall, Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford opened and adjourned the inquest.
Speaking outside the court, Mr Berezovsky's old friend Alex Goldfarb said the 67-year-old appeared melancholic but coping when they last spoke.
"I didn't want to believe it was suicide. I still don't want to believe it. But I will go by the conclusions of the police," he said.
The inquest heard that the initial assessment of a Home Office pathologist was that he died from hanging.
The court heard that Boris Abramovich Berezovsky, once believed to be Russian's second richest man but close to penniless after losing a court battle with Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, was last seen at his mansion shortly after 9pm on March 22. The following afternoon a member of his staff found his body in the bathroom. (© Independent News Service)