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Fatal injuries to Meredith Kercher's father are unexplained

John suffered heartache as he learned of his daughter’s murder (Photos: Rex)

The father of the murdered British student Meredith Kercher died after injuries that no one could explain.

John Kercher, 77, was found collapsing with his arm outstretched on the sidewalk near his home in Croydon, south London, on January 13 last year.

He had a few more broken bones and did not remember how he ended up there after going out to go to a corner store.

The pensioner was rushed to Croydon University Hospital but died there of pneumonia three weeks later on February 1st.

An investigation heard his son Lyle and police knocking on doors in the local area to find witnesses who may have known what was happening.

But theories that he fell or was hit by a car in a possible hit-and-run could not be proven.

The study heard that before he collapsed he had suffered from a lung disease and had previously had a stroke.

Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Zoe Hendrick said: ‘Two pieces of CCTV were found. As it was a dark, wet and rainy evening, it was impossible to identify how he had come to be on the street.

Undated Kercher family extradition photo of Meredith Kercher as Italy's highest court has overturned the murder of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend.  Release Date: Friday, March 27, 2015. See PA History COURTS Kercher.  Photo credit must read: PA Wire EDITOR'S NOTE: This distribution photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for simultaneous illustrations of events, things or persons in the image or facts mentioned in the caption.  Reuse of the image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Meredith Kercher was murdered while studying abroad (Photo: PA)

PERUGIA, ITALY - DECEMBER 05: Stephanie Kercher and John Kercher, the sister and father of the murder victim Meredith Kercher, watch during a press conference following the guilty verdict handed down to Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito last night, December 5, 2009 in Perugia, Italy.  Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia on November 1, 2007 and sentenced to 26 years and 25 years, respectively.  (Photo by Oli Scarff / Getty Images)

John Kercher with daughter Stephanie, sister of Meredith Kercher, during a press conference in Perugia, Italy, in 2009 (Photo: PA)

‘After door-to-door inquiries and media calls, nothing came up.’

With a report on the conclusion of pneumonia and traumatic injuries, assistant coroner Dr. Julian Morris that John needed increased respiratory support at the hospital.

Dr. Morris said: ‘He had to be intubated and required a tracheotomy, but even though his sedation was reduced, he did not wake up and he was then given lifestyle care.’

John’s son Meredith was murdered in Italy in 2007 when she was 21 years old.

Her American roommate Amanda Knox and Knox’s Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of murder but were later approved on appeal.

The only person convicted of her murder, Rudy Guede, was released in December to complete her sentence by performing community service.

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