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Nottingham Forest Owner Nigel Doughty's Death Inquest To Resume

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Doughty passed away on 4 February
Doughty passed away on 4 February

An inquest into the death of Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty is to resume today.

The father-of-four, who saved the football club from administration when he bought it for £11 million in 1999, was found collapsed in the gym of his home in Skillington, Grantham, Lincolnshire, on the afternoon of February 4.

An inquest was opened and adjourned to enable further tests to take place on the 54-year-old after post-mortem tests carried out shortly after his death failed to provide a definitive cause of death.

Doughty was found "collapsed and lifeless" in the gym in a separate annex at the property by family members.

They had described him as fit and well.

Emergency services were called and paramedics attempted to resuscitate Doughty but he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Lincolnshire Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and they believed Doughty died of natural causes.

Labour leader Ed Miliband was among those who paid tribute to Doughty, a party donor, following his death.

Writing on social networking site Twitter, Mr Miliband said: "I am shocked and saddened to hear of Nigel Doughty's death. I was with him only a week ago and he was full of life, enthusiasm and vigour.

"He was a kind, generous man with a deep desire to make the world a better place. My heart goes out to his wife, Lucy, and his children.

"We mourn his death deeply and will sorely miss him."

Forest forward Garath McCleary praised Doughty's work, saying: "He has done so much for Forest, which was not always best appreciated. My thoughts are with his family."

During Doughty's 10 years at the City Ground, the club won promotion back to the Championship in 2008, three years after their relegation.

Under manager Billy Davies, the Reds reached the play-offs in each of the last two seasons.

The inquest will resume at Grantham Magistrates' Court, Harlaxton Road, Grantham.

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