Senior member of David Cameron’s constituency found dead at Glastonbury | News


The body of Christopher Shale, chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, was found early Sunday morning inside a portable toilet in the VIP area at the Glastonbury Festival, where Beyonce closed the weekends event’s last night.

Inspector Chris Morgan of Avon and Somerset Police said, “A male was found down by the press office in the toilet area.” BBC news reports that his body may have been undiscovered by the Pyramid Stage for up to 10 hours.

Mr Shale had been staying in a mobile home with his family, who reported him missing on Saturday night and Mrs Shale spent the early hours of Sunday looking for him. His body was found by a member of the festival staff and the Daily Mail have reported that he died of a heart attack.

An inquest into Mr Shale’s death was opened and adjourned in Wells today (Monday) and the coroner, Tony Williams concluded that there was no suspicion of foul play but said further tests would be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.

Inspector Chris Morgan said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. We are continuing with our enquiries to find out how Christopher died and are providing support to the family through a dedicated family liaison officer.”

In a statement, festival founder Michael Eavis said: “I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the man whose body was found on the site early on Sunday morning.”

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