Mystery goes on into Winton’s death two weeks on as inquest not opened

Mystery continues into the sudden death of TV’s Dale Winton two weeks on as coroner says there must be ‘further enquiries’ before an inquest can be opened

  • Dale Winton, 62, was found dead at his home in Whestone, north London, on April 4
  • Loved Supermarket Sweep host struggled during a long battle with depression 
  • In his 2002 autobiography Dale Winton: My Story, he came out as gay and revealed battle with dark moods 
  • TV star had just moved to his new, rented home, having sold his Regents Park apartment for £2.6million three weeks earlier
  • Two weeks after his sudden death, an inquest still hasn’t been opened as the coroner is awaiting ‘further enquiries’ 

Mystery continues to surround the sudden death of tragic TV personality Dale Winton a fortnight after he passed away – as a coroner said he was awaiting the outcome of ‘further enquiries’ before an inquest can be opened.

The Supermarket Sweep host was found dead at his home in Whetstone, north London, on Wednesday 18 April after a well-documented battle with depression.

The Metropolitan Police has carried out an investigation into the tragedy and completed a ‘file’ for the North London Coroner, including their opinion that the 62-year-old celebrity’s death was not ‘suspicious’.

An inquest into the sudden death of TV host Dale Winton two weeks ago cannot be opened until the results of ‘further enquiries’, a coroner said today 

Star Dale, pictured with close friend David Walliams, was found dead at his home in Whetstone, London, on Wednesday 18 April after a well-documented battle with depression

However Senior Coroner Andrew Walker, a trained barrister, said he is waiting for the results of ‘further enquiries’ into the the TV host’s final moments before beginning the process of opening an inquest.

A spokesman for Mr Walker told MailOnline: ‘The investigation into the death of Dale Winton is being undertaken by the North London Coroner’s Service and is awaiting the outcome of further enquiries.

‘An inquest has not been opened [into the death] has not been opened at this time.’

The spokeswoman added: ‘The Coroner’s Service is awaiting the outcome of further enquiries after which the Coroner will make a decision whether to open an inquest.’

Police were called to the star’s home in north London and ruled his death was ‘non-suspicious’.

A Scotland Yard spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The death is being treated as non-suspicious. A file has been prepared for the coroner.

‘Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 16.10 on Wednesday 18 April following the death of a man, aged in his sixties, at a residential address in High Road, Whetstone.’

Coroners are called in to investigate when a death appears to be violent or unnatural, when the cause of the death is unknown, or when the person died in prison, police custody or another type of state detention.

A post-mortem examination is carried out on the body to determine the cause of death.

Dale, pictured filming his latest series in the US shortly before his death, had struggled after a long battle with depression

The Metropolitan Police has carried out an investigation and concluded that the TV personalty’s death was not ‘suspicious’

If these enquiries confirm the death as ‘unnatural’ then a full investigation into the death, and the circumstances leading up to the death, will be launched.

At the end of the inquest the coroner will determine how the person died. They will also detail the circumstances and final moments leading up to the death.

The coroner will then record the cause of death was due to either; accident or misadventure, alcohol or drug related, industrial disease, lawful killing, unlawful killing, natural causes, road traffic accident, still birth suicide.

If it cannot be determined how a person died an ‘open’ verdict will be recorded.

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