Power firm boss found dead in Paris hotel room

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A Doncaster man died while working in France from a condition which is now the subject of a major health screening programme.

David Botting, aged 47, was found dead in his Paris hotel room after colleagues raised the alarm when he failed to appear at his office in September of last year.

Post-mortem examinations carried out in Paris and after his body was returned to Doncaster showed he had died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The rupture of his aorta while he lay in bed caused a huge loss of blood into his abdomen, his inquest, held in Doncaster, was told yesterday.

Mr Botting, who lived in Bessacarr, commuted every weekend to and from Paris where he worked as head of contract management for a French firm, Areva, a world leader in nuclear energy, based in the Courbevoie area of Paris.

He was found dead on his bed in the hotel where he spent weeknights when colleagues raised the alarm and were given access to his room by the concierge.

There were no signs of violence or suspicious circumstances, said judicial police officers in Paris.

Mr Botting had been in Doncaster for the weekend of September 8-9.

He spoke to his wife by phone on September 13, when he complained of stomach and back pain.

Dr George Kurien, Doncaster Royal Infirmary pathologist, said death was due to dissection of the thoracic aorta.

Anne Vilminot, one of Mr Botting’s colleagues, last saw him at his hotel at 8.30pm.

She texted him twice after she left, but could get no reply when she tried to reach him at 7.15am the next day.

She then went to the hotel with another colleague.

The concierge had been the last person to see him alive, in the hotel laundry when he was ironing a shirt before 10pm.

Mr Botting’s medical history also included a diagnosis of Conn’s syndrome, which can lead to high blood pressure.

Mike Mellun, assistant coroner, recorded a verdict of natural causes.

About 6,000 people die every year from abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is now providing a screening programme for men over 65 who are most at risk.