Coroner’s verdict on homeless pianist

Coroner’s verdict on homeless pianist


norman lebrecht

January 27, 2016

An inquest at West London Coroner’s Court has heard details of the sad life and tragic death of Anne Naysmith, who was reduced to sleeping rough after a promising recital career came to a halt.

The coroner, ruling that Anne had been accidentally crushed to death by a lorry travelling at below 10mph, said ‘She was very bent, meaning her vision was the line of the ground. She always dressed in black and moved very slowly.’

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  • Eddie Mars says:

    There. but for the grace of God, go we. 🙁

  • Holly Golightly says:

    A very sad story and an ignominious end to somebody endowed with talent.