Thursday 18 January 2018

Man who fell to his death at London gallery 'was senior HSBC banker'

Michael Foreman fell from a fifth-floor balcony in the members' bar area of the Tate Modern. Photo: Reuters
Michael Foreman fell from a fifth-floor balcony in the members' bar area of the Tate Modern. Photo: Reuters

Sam Marsden

A MAN who plunged 100ft to his death at the Tate Modern art gallery in London was a senior bank manager with HSBC.

Michael Foreman, 48, fell from a fifth-floor balcony in the members’ bar area of the gallery on the South Bank last Tuesday evening.

The banker, who lived in Essex with his wife Janet, was reported missing the day before he died.

He was named today as an inquest into his death opened at Southwark Coroner’s Court.

The short hearing was told that Mr Foreman was a “senior bank manager with HSBC” and died from “multiple traumatic injuries”. He was formally identified by his wife.

He had worked for HSBC for 30 years and was based in head office in Canary Wharf in the business banking section.

An HSBC spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with his wife and family."

Mr Foreman played trombone for the Essex-based Tilbury Band and previously belonged to the Aveley and Newham brass band in east London.

His band said in a statement: "It is with deepest sadness that Tilbury Band announce the death of Michael Foreman, trombonist and long-serving member of the band and former long-standing member of the Aveley Band.

"Our heartfelt sympathies go to Michael's wife Janet and his parents Steve and Margaret.”

Mr Foreman's funeral is due to take place at Corbets Tey crematorium in Upminster, Essex, on Friday.

Tilbury Band said: "There will also be an opportunity to remember Michael through the playing of music on the day."

His family have asked any friends who want to offer a gift to make a donation in his memory to either the British Heart Foundation or Tilbury Band.

Telegraph.co.uk

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