A retired translator died after drowning abroad, a court has heard. 

Howard Gleave, who is believed to have had a second home in Burnham Market, north Norfolk, drowned while in Split, Croatia. 

The body of the 66-year-old was identified by his wife, Judith, at Split hospital on Wednesday, September 13. 

An inquest into his death was held at Norfolk Coroner’s Court at County Hall, Norwich, on Thursday, September 28. 

Eastern Daily Press: Norfolk Coroner's Court, County Hall, in NorwichNorfolk Coroner's Court, County Hall, in Norwich (Image: Newsquest)

Led by the senior coroner for Norfolk, Jacqueline Lake, she confirmed the medical cause of death was drowning. He also suffered with a heart condition, the court was told. 

The official cause of death will be determined by the coroner at a full inquest which is due to be held at the court in January next year. 

Mrs Lake also confirmed that Howard Neil Gleave was born on February 26, 1957, in Taplow, Buckinghamshire. 

His address was given as Stanley Gardens Road in Teddington, a London suburb, but he is also believed to have owned a second home in Burnham Market.