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An inquest has found no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Ashton Launcherley.

A circus performer who died in a fire at Glastonbury days before the festival was due to open was found doused in petrol and “ablaze,” an inquest has heard.

As NME reports, an inquest into the death of Ashton Launcherley, 27, was opened at Taunton Coroner’s Court in Somerset last week (July 6). The juggler suffered severe burns over 95% of his body and died from inhalation injury and organ failure.

Coroner Tony Williams said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Launcherley’s death, and adjourned the inquest for three months. Unconfirmed reports at the time suggested that the incident occurred in the Green Fields area of the site and had been caused by a petrol spill.

On a JustGiving page set up after Launcherly’s death, his aunt Margery Hookings praised the response: “The sensitivity of the people on the festival field has been amazing. Before the helicopter arrived, he was attended by first aiders who loved him and hugged him and talked to him.”

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