RETIRED Kinver pharmacist David Bills who was affectionately known as Mr Kinver died by way of accidental death, a coroner has concluded.

Mr Bills, aged 76, of Kinver High Street, was admitted to Russells Hall Hospital on April 28 with a history of atrial fibrillation and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, Black Country Coroner's Court was told yesterday (Thursday May 14).

But on May 4 he fell and hit his head while trying to get out of his bed unaided.

Mr Bills, who was born in Kinver, lost consciousness and a CT scan showed he had suffered multiple brain haemorrhages.

Black Country coroner Zafar Siddique said Mr Bills' condition deteriorated rapidly and he passed away on May 5.

He said the cause of death was traumatic brain injury due to a fall, with atrial fibrillation and COPD listed as contributing factors.

Mr Siddque offered his "sincere condolences" to the family and friends of Mr Bills and he told the court: "Given the circumstances - the fall, the traumatic head injury - I'm going to conclude he died by way of an accidental death due to the fall."