Lysette Anthony's actress mother Bernadette Bennett died after suffering a heart attack and dropping a lit cigarette which set fire to her home, an inquest has heard.
The 82 year old's body was found in the charred remains of her home in Norfolk, England last December (12), and an inquest into her death has now revealed she accidentally started the fire herself after collapsing.
Following an inquest in the city of Norwich, Norfolk coroner William Armstrong recorded a narrative verdict, concluding the fire started accidentally after Bennett suffered a heart attack.
He said, "Bernadette Bennett was found dead after a house fire at her home which had been started by her accidentally and without the intention of causing harm to herself. It is more likely than not that she died from a cardiac event in the context of underlying natural heart disease and not from the effects of the fire. No third party was involved in the death."
Her actress daughter Anthony gave evidence during the inquest and described her mother as "one of the kindest people I've ever known. She was so loving and so compassionate and so beautiful," according to the Norwich Evening News.
Bennett acted under the name Bernadette Milnes and she appeared in films including David Lynch's The Elephant Man with Sir Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt, and British Tv shows such as Dad's Army, The Sweeney and London's Burning.