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'Natural causes' for crane driver death at Olympic site

Workers observe silence at the Olympic Park site
Image caption A two-minute silence was held at the site at midday

A crane driver found dead at the Olympic Village site in east London died from natural causes, police said.

The man, believed to be in his 60s, was found slumped in the exit stairwell of his crane at the site in Stratford on Tuesday afternoon.

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said no further action would be taken as it was not work-related.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said the man was "in cardiac arrest and had stopped breathing" when found.

A two-minute silence was held at midday for the driver at the Olympic Park.

Steven Valler, contracts manager of the tiling of the acquatic pools at the site, said the silence "started with (a) siren and ended with a siren".

"The whole site was eerily quiet," he added.

This was the second death at the 2012 site since 2009 when another worker died of a heart attack. That death was also not work-related.

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