AN ELDERLY man who had been exposed to asbestos in his early life died peacefully with his wife.

Frederick Longman, 87, lived and died at Westside in Weyhill. He was pronounced deceased on January 31.

An inquest opening heard that he had been exposed to the dangerous fibres in his younger years.

This is thought to have caused a tumour on his right lung.

Pathologist Dr Adnan Al-Badri is still investigating the results from the post mortem but believes the tumour was the cause of death.

Area coroner Jason Pegg told the court that Mr Longman died with his wife Daphne by his side.

He then adjourned the full inquest to October 6.