A 74-YEAR-old died after being exposed to asbestos.

Reginald Fletcher of Mortimer Street, Leominster died on June 27 at Hereford County Hospital.

A post mortem listed his cause of death as mesothelioma and listed secondary causes as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, atrial fibrillation and community acquired pneumonia.

The inquest at Herefordshire Coroner's Court heard he was diagnosed in January with mesothelioma and that he had been exposed to asbestos during his career as a builder.

Coroner Mark Bricknell concluded Mr Fletcher died from an industrial disease.