According to an inquest, Phil Spencer’s mother drowned for up to 20 minutes after a car accident on the family farm, and she later passed away from lung infection and brain damage.
When their car crashed into a river in August, the TV star’s parents, Richard and Anne, 82, both passed away. Their car veered off the access road and into a small tributary river that flowed through their estate in Littlebourne, close to Canterbury, Kent, as they were driving to an eatery for lunch.
Nearly 60-year-married Richard and Anne were taken to the hospital after being pulled out of the car. Sadly, Anne passed away after Richard was declared dead. Another 60-year-old woman who was in the car also sustained minor wounds. A heartbreaking ode to his parents was later released by the Location, Location-Location star.
This morning, County Hall in Maidstone, Kent, opened an inquest into Anne’s death. Around 12 o’clock, Anne was reportedly driving her Toyota toward a bridge on their property that crossed the Nail Bourne River, according to Sarah Clarke, the area coroner for North East Kent. August 18 at 20 p.m.
The couple’s caregiver was in the back seat of the car, with her husband Richard occupying the front seat. The car slipped off the edge and overturned as it approached the bridge, burying all three of its occupants in three feet of water, according to the inquest opening.
The carer, according to Mrs. Clarke, called for assistance after escaping through the passenger window. Richard and Anne, however, were said to have spent about 20 minutes underwater, according to the court. When the couple arrived, paramedics took them to Margate, Kent’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother hospital, where Anne was declared dead at age 9. 55 p.m.
According to Mrs. Clarke, she died from aspiration pneumonia, hypoxic-ischemic brain damage, and submersion in water (near drowning), among other causes. Inhaling food or liquid can cause inflammation and infection of the lungs or other large airways, which is known as aspiration pneumonia.
When the amount of oxygen or blood flow in the brain decreases, hypoxic-ischemic brain injury results. “Mrs. Spencer was a farmer and was born in Canterbury on May 22, 1941,” Mrs. Clarke testified to the inquest. She was wed to farmer Richard David Edward Spencer.
At Kent’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Mrs. Spencer passed away on August 18, 2023. Police and her family dealt with her identity. According to what I understand, the situation was roughly 12. On August 18, at 20 p.m., Mrs. Spencer was operating her Toyota. Her husband sat in the front seat, and their full-time live-in carer occupied the back seat.
“Mrs. Spencer left their home and proceeded down a side street before turning onto the Nail Bourne River. The car tipped over the edge, hit the river’s bottom, and overturned, burying all three of its occupants in three feet of water as it navigated the bridge, which had a sharp edge and steep slant down.
Through the passenger window, the carer broke free and yelled for assistance. Mr. and Mrs. Spencer may have spent up to 20 minutes underwater. At twelve, the paramedics arrived. Mr. and Mrs. Spencer were taken to the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother hospital at 57 p.m.
“Mrs. Spencer passed away at nine.” While she was in the hospital, 55 p.m. Aspiration pneumonia, hypoxic-ischemic brain damage, and submersion in water (near drowning) were listed as her causes of death. ” “
A full inquest into Anne and Richard’s deaths was scheduled for three days by Mrs. Clarke. On December 19, at 30 p.m., Oakwood House in Maidstone. Phil’s father nearly drowned in the car accident on the family farm last month, according to information presented at the County Hall inquest.
After the accident, David lost consciousness and was declared dead in the hospital, Mrs. Clarke informed the court on October 30. His near drowning was cited as the cause of his death, which was Aspiration Pneumonitis, a lung injury.
On August 20, TV favorite Phil praised his “amazing parents” in an Instagram post, revealing that the couple had just left for lunch when the accident occurred. He also mentioned that David had been given a dementia diagnosis and that Anne had Parkinson’s disease.
“Very sadly, both of my amazing parents passed away on Friday,” Phil wrote earlier this year. We’re all trying to maintain as a family that Mom and Dad went together and that neither of us will ever grieve the loss of the other. which in and of itself is a blessing.
“Moms Parkinson’s and Dads Dementia had been getting worse, and the long-term future was going to be difficult, despite the fact that they were both in excellent health in the days prior (hence the sudden idea to go out to lunch).
“So much so that Mom just recently told me she had given up thinking “now it looks like we’ll probably go together.” So they did, in fact. God had prepared them for that, and it was a wise plan.
The vehicle “toppled over a bridge on the farm drive, upside down into the river,” while moving very slowly. They would have held hands under the water and silently snuck away if there had been no physical wounds, and I seriously doubt they even tried to fight it.
The alarm was quickly raised because their carer, who was in the car, was able to exit through a back window. My brother pulled the seat belts out of the river using a penknife, as many farmers do, but they never recovered consciousness.
All family members agree that if there can ever be a “good end,” this was it, despite being incredibly depressed and shocked beyond belief. It feels terrible right now, but after nearly 60 years of marriage, I know that passing away together on the farm they so dearly loved will bring comfort in the future. Dad and Mom are together, which is exactly where they wanted to be. ” “