Inquest opened into sudden death of car retailer Dan Kirby

An inquest was opened this week into the sudden death of Dan Kirby, founder of Trade Price Cars in Wickford, Essex and co-founder of brokerage Octane Finance who died from hanging.

The businessman and part-time racing driver, who had competed in the British Touring Car Championships in the past, was found unresponsive at an address in Chelmsford just a month before his 38th birthday.

An inquest opening at Essex Coroner’s Court was told that a post mortem revealed the cause of death has been provisionally determined as hypoxic brain injury and asphixiation caused by hanging.

Trade Price Cars, which was highly rated by its customers, brought in voluntary liquidators Paul Atkinson and Glyn Mummery from FRP Advisory in mid-September, and documents at Companies House show it owed more than £400,000 to HM Revenue & Customs. 

The inquest opening heard that after Kirby, a married father of two, was discovered unresponsive, paramedics attended the scene and performed CPR before taking him to critical care experts at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

Essex Live reports that area coroner Michelle Brown said: “He was taken to ITU but stayed in a coma-like state. He continued to deteriorate and care was withdrawn. His death was sadly confirmed at 6.50am and cause of death was a provisional 1A hypoxic brain injury and 1B asphyxiation by hanging.”

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