Hove husband quizzed over murder of Mary Saunders dies

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King George VI Mansions, Hove
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The body of 71-year-old Mary Saunders was found in the bedroom of her flat in Hove

An 85-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murdering his 71-year-old wife at their home in Hove has died of natural causes in hospital.

Police said Frederick Saunders died following a long-standing illness.

Mary Saunders was found dead at the couple's flat in Court Farm Road on 29 November. A post-mortem examination failed to establish the cause of death.

Mr Saunders was questioned under caution at the Royal Sussex County Hospital on 1 December.

'Underlying health condition'

He had been admitted to the Brighton hospital with minor injuries after the discovery of his wife's body.

Police said Mr Saunders remained in hospital for a "pre-existing and very serious underlying health condition" and died on Monday.

Further tests are currently being carried out on the body of Mrs Saunders.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "The death of Mrs Saunders is still being treated as murder.

"Nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation."

He said inquests into both deaths would be opened at Brighton Coroners Court on Wednesday.

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