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Husband, 71, and wife, 67, found dead at their home were both shot in the head, inquest hears 

A married couple found dead inside their home in an apparent 'murder-suicide' had both been shot in the head, an inquest heard.

The bodies of Eric Angell, 71, and his 67-year-old wife Pauline were found at their home in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on April 10.

Police and paramedics had rushed to Tankerville Drive after concerns were raised for Mr and Mrs Angell's welfare, and the couple were found dead at the scene.   

Essex Police is not looking for anyone in connection with their deaths.

An inquest was today told how Mrs Angell died of gunshot wounds to her head while her husband died of a single gunshot wound to his head.    

The virtual hearing was opened and adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The bodies of Eric Angell, 71, and his 67-year-old wife Pauline were found at their home in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on April 10. Pictured: The scene

In a statement released through police, the couple's family said: 'Pauline and Eric were a devoted couple, with a long and happy marriage.

'They were supported and much loved by their family and friends.

'However, Eric had been suffering with his physical health, and more recently with his mental health, culminating in their tragic loss.

'Both families would request privacy to mourn at this extremely difficult time.'

In a statement released last week, Essex Police said: 'We are now in a position to name two people who were sadly found dead at a home in Leigh on Saturday.

'We were called by colleagues in the ambulance service to concerns for the welfare for a man aged in his 70s and a woman aged in her 60s in Tankerville Drive.

'When we arrived at the scene, shortly before 10am, we sadly found both had died.

An inquest was today told how Mrs Angell died of gunshot wounds to her head while her husband died of a single gunshot wound to his head. Pictured: The scene

'We can now identify them as married couple Eric Angell, 71, and Pauline Angell, 67, both of Tankerville Drive, in Leigh.

'We opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.

'A forensic post-mortem examination has now been carried out and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

'We can confirm we are not looking for anyone in connection with their deaths.'

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