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Veteran TT rider died from heart failure after crash

Tony Cook
Image caption Mr Cook moved to the island 22 years ago after decades of following the TT

A 75-year-old TT veteran died from heart failure after his motorcycle and sidecar crashed into a parked car in the Isle of Man, an inquest has heard.

Tony Cook, who was riding a Norton Classic motorcycle, crashed on Claddaghs Road in Sulby on 2 June.

Coroner Alastair Montgomerie adjourned the inquest and said investigations into Mr Cook's death were continuing.

He added the post-mortem test had found the cause of death to be cardiac failure caused by the crash.

'Safe rider'

Mr Cook, a retired mechanical engineer from Lezayre, began riding bikes at 16 and came fourth in the 1960 sidecar TT race.

In a statement, his family said: "He moved to the Isle of Man 22 years ago having previously been a regular visitor for many years to spectate at the TT.

"He was a conscientious, safe rider who dedicated his free time for many years to training new riders to ride with safety in mind.

"Classic cars were his other love and he was the proud owner of a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow I."

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