AN inquest into the death of a Cotswold pub worker just hours after he was discharged from hospital was adjourned today to allow relatives in Italy to attend the hearing in Gloucester.

Andrew Franzosi, 52, of The Queen's Head, The Square, Stow on the Wold, died on November 9 last year.

Gloucestershire senior coroner Katy Skerrett this week held a pre-inquest review and adjourned the full inquest to a date to be fixed.

Her staff will now have to check the availability of Mr Franzosi's family, who live in Italy but want to travel to the UK for the hearing to be told the details of his death at first hand.

An earlier hearing was told Mr Franzosi had been discharged from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital the night before he died.

The coroner was told that Mr Franzosi went to the accident and emergency department on the afternoon of November 8 feeling hot and sweaty with central chest pains and complaining of flu-like symptoms. He was discharged three hours later at 6.35pm.

Coroner's officer Terry Onions said: "The following day at lunchtime he complained of feeling unwell to a friend. He was suffering shortness of breath.

"Paramedics were called and he was unresponsive but breathing when they arrived. He went into cardiac arrest when CPR was commenced. After 45 minutes, a doctor pronounced life extinct."