Gallery owner died of heart attack
GALLERY owner David Bloomfield has been remembered for his passion about art.
The owner of the Wonderwall Gallery in Cirencester collapsed and died of heart failure, an inquest has heard.
Well-known in the Cotswolds and further afield for his love of art, he opened his gallery in 2003 and had a particular affinity for local artists.
Mr Bloomfield, of Gooseacre Lane, Cirencester, was found dead on January 24 this year.
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He had not been seen for almost four weeks, Gloucestershire Coroner David Dooley was told.
His former partner and business partner Talei Herbert told the inquest they had recently ended a 10-year relationship and that Mr Bloomfield had moved into his own home in Cirencester.
"We ran the Wonderwall Gallery in Cirencester together and that continued when we split up," she said.
"The situation had been changing so that he would have become the sole owner of the business and most of our recent contact was to do with that.
"I noticed not long before his death that he had lost a great deal of weight. He told me he was fine and just not feeling very hungry.
"I knew something was wrong when I passed the gallery and noticed that the open sign was still in the window when it was closed. He never left it like that when he was not there."
She said the 48-year-old had no business or financial worries and had never mentioned suicide.
"The gallery was his pride and joy and he would never willingly have left it," she added.
Consultant pathologist Dr Lynmarie Ludeman carried out a post mortem and found Mr Bloomfield had been suffering from serious heart disease.
"In my opinion this condition brought on a cardiac arrest," she said.
Summing up, Mr Dooley said it was a sad death of a relatively young gallery owner and art lover.
Giving a verdict of natural causes, he added: "He may not have felt very well before he went shopping and when he returned home he slumped on the stairs before he could even take his outer clothes off."
Mr Bloomfield helped spearhead the Cirencester Smile Campaign in 2004, when hundreds of schoolchildren from Cirencester and surrounding villages competed in a two-week contest to produce the best piece of artwork.
The items were displayed in shop windows and then auctioned off to raise money for Cotswold Care Hospice.
Talei Herbert has raised more than £3,000 for the hospice in Mr Bloomfield's memory.