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Aga crushed farmer, 78, to death after his wife asked him to move it to other side of the kitchen

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Aga cooker crushed farmer, 78, to death after his wife asked him to move it to other side of the kitchen, inquest hears

  • Farmer Anthony Rees, 78, was moving the 74stone Aga on a small wheel trolley
  • Wife Elizabeth wanted it moved across kitchen at their home in Ruthin, Wales
  • The Aga fell off the trolley whilst it was being moved, crushing Mr Rees 

A husband was killed by an Aga cooker when he was crushed to death moving the heavy stove to another side of his country kitchen.

Farmer Anthony Rees, 78, had the Aga – which weighed almost half a tonne – on a small wheel trolley when it overturned at his home in Ruthin, Denbighshire,  Wales.

An inquest heard Mr Rees – known as Tony – told his wife Elizabeth that he ‘wanted to get the job done’ when she wanted it moved across the kitchen.

But the 74stone Aga then fell off the trolley, pinning grandfather Mr Rees to the floor.

His wife and neighbours made desperate attempts to save him but he could not be resuscitated.

Farmer Anthony Rees was killed by an Aga cooker when he was crushed to death moving the heavy stove to another side of his country kitchen. An inquest heard Mr Rees - known as Tony - told his wife Elizabeth (pictured) that he 'wanted to get the job done' when she wanted it moved across the kitchen

Farmer Anthony Rees was killed by an Aga cooker when he was crushed to death moving the heavy stove to another side of his country kitchen. An inquest heard Mr Rees – known as Tony – told his wife Elizabeth (pictured) that he ‘wanted to get the job done’ when she wanted it moved across the kitchen

When the 74stone Aga (example pictured above) fell off the trolley, the cooker pinned grandfather Mr Rees to the floor

When the 74stone Aga (example pictured above) fell off the trolley, the cooker pinned grandfather Mr Rees to the floor

A post mortem examination was carried out by pathologist Dr Mark Atkinson which gave a provisional cause of death as ‘crush injuries to the chest’.

Following the tragedy, Mrs Rees, a former Denbighshire County Councillor, said on Facebook: ‘Not sure how to tell all our friends but yesterday I lost my wonderful husband and soulmate of 53 years in a tragic accident here at home.

‘I tried desperately to save him but to no avail.

‘I couldn’t have wished to have had a better man with whom to share my life.’

Following the tragedy, Mrs Rees, a former Denbighshire County Councillor, said: 'Not sure how to tell all our friends but yesterday I lost my wonderful husband and soulmate of 53 years in a tragic accident here at home. 'I tried desperately to save him but to no avail. 'I couldn't have wished to have had a better man with whom to share my life'

Following the tragedy, Mrs Rees, a former Denbighshire County Councillor, said: ‘Not sure how to tell all our friends but yesterday I lost my wonderful husband and soulmate of 53 years in a tragic accident here at home. ‘I tried desperately to save him but to no avail. ‘I couldn’t have wished to have had a better man with whom to share my life’

In another post, she revealed that Tony had been buried at their family farm in Llanbedr DC, near Ruthin, where they raised a prized herd of Welsh Black cows.

She added: ‘He had already chosen his spot. We drove him through the farm and across the fields for his final journey in the back of his Range Rover.

‘My grandchildren will be planting an oak tree to mark grandad’s spot’

North East Wales Coroner John Gittins adjourned the hearing for a date to be fixed.

In another post, she revealed that Tony had been buried at their family farm in Llanbedr DC, near Ruthin, where they raised a prized herd of Welsh Black cows

In another post, she revealed that Tony had been buried at their family farm in Llanbedr DC, near Ruthin, where they raised a prized herd of Welsh Black cows

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