Leeds Times (12/Feb/1848) - Huddersfield: Awfully Sudden Death
Awfully Sudden Death.
On Monday afternoon last, as Mr. John Hirst, furniture broker, Beast Market, Huddersfield, was in conversation with his wife and family in his own house, he suddenly fell upon the floor, and instantly expired. An inquest was held upon the body, on Wednesday evening, at the house of Mrs. Booth, the Shear's Inn, by George Dyson, Esq., when it appeared that the deceased was in his usual health and spirits up to within a few minutes of his death. At that time he went out of the shop into the parlour behind, and complained of a dreadful pain in his chest, and a person was immediately dispatched for some leeches, the application of which had often relieved him under similar circumstances, but before the arrival of the leeches the final result, that awaits all animated nature, had occurred, in the manner already described. The jury found that "the deceased had died by the visitation of God."