Ian Taylor death: Cyclist who died in floods 'had heart disease'

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Image caption Ian Taylor died in hospital after being pulled from the floodwater

A man who died after attempting to cycle through a flood on his pushbike suffered from coronary heart disease, an inquest has heard.

Ian Taylor, 73, from Oxford, died after getting into difficulty in floodwater in Godstow Road, Wytham, on 8 January.

The hearing was told a pathologist believed the cause of death to be drowning, but ischaemic heart disease also contributed.

The disease causes a reduced blood supply to the heart.

Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said the circumstances of this "sad case" would be investigated further.

The results of a full post-mortem examination are yet to be revealed.

Mr Taylor, who was described by friends as "vibrant, brilliant and caring", was remembered at a service at All Saints Church in Wytham on Sunday.

The inquest was adjourned to a later date.

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