Former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham has died at the age of 35 after falling through a pub fire door and hitting his head after engaging in horseplay, an inquest heard.
sustained a head injury in a fall at the Park Hotel pub in Barry on March 7 and was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff following the fall, but his condition deteriorated and he died 11 days later.
Coroner Graeme Hughes said that “
during a period of horseplay
” with a friend and his brother-in-law Mr. Whittingham “
appears to have lost his balance and gone through or caused to open the fire door,
and his head has come into contact with the steps
"This has led to a traumatic head injury."
The coroner recorded a conclusion of accidental death.
Whittingham started his career atAston Villa
and was part of the club’s 2002 FA Cup Youth glory.
He made 66 appearances for Aston Villa and spent loan spells atBurnley
before signing forCardiff
Whittingham played in two major cup finals for Cardiff - the FA Cup final in 2008 and Carling Cup final in 2012 - and won a Championship winners' medal in 2013 as Cardiff were promoted to the Premier League.