CASE STUDY 1 Star Wars actor died wait­ing

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

STAR WARS actor Richard Bone­hill was found dead in his car af­ter his po­ten­tially life­sav­ing heart op­er­a­tion was can­celled twice due to bed short­ages.

He needed surgery on a leak­ing heart valve, which had been sched­uled to take place at Der­ri­ford Hospi­tal, Ply­mouth, on Jan­uary 5, 2015.

But it was can­celled af­ter the hospi­tal was put on ‘black alert’ – mean­ing bed ca­pac­ity had been reached. The pro­ce­dure was resched­uled for a fort­night later. How­ever, by then the alert was still in force, and the sec­ond date duly can­celled.

Mr Bone­hill, 65, of St Ives, Corn­wall, who played a stormtrooper in The Em­pire Strikes Back, smug­gler Nien Nunb in Re­turn Of The Jedi and ap­peared in Doc­tor Who, was found dead in Fe­bru­ary.

At an in­quest last year, car­diac con­sul­tant Mr Clin­ton Lloyd said: ‘His heart mus­cle was not work­ing well and his valve was leak­ing se­verely when he came to see me. There is a risk with car­diomy­opa­thy that there can be sud­den death.’

The coro­ner ruled Mr Bone­hill died of nat­u­ral causes.

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