Farmer crushed to death by 470kg Aga cooker after trying to move it in kitchen

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A farmer was pinned to the floor and crushed to death by a massive Aga cooker as he tried to move it across his kitchen.

Anthony Rees, 78, from the village of Llanbedr-Dyffryn-Clwyd in Wales, put the 470kg oven on a wheel trolley before the tragedy unfolded.

It fell and caused “crush injuries to the chest”, pathologist Dr Mark Atkinson said.

Mr Rees’ wife Elizabeth and neighbours made desperate attempts to save him, but he could not be resuscitated.

He earlier told Mrs Rees that he “wanted to get the job done” – as she wanted it moved across the kitchen.

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."

She later told friends that Tony had been at their family farm, where they raised a prized herd of Welsh Black cows.

Mrs Rees 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.

Last year, a young dad with a "heart of gold" was crushed to death under a running forklift in a horrific workplace incident.

Aston Villa fan Mitchell Pountney, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, died at Cutting Edge Skirting in Station Road, Rowley Regis, on September 2.

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Devastated relatives paid tributes to the 23-year-old during an inquest into his death at Black Country Coroner's Court.

His family said in a statement: “He was a fantastic, loving dad and was absolutely besotted with him. But he also never gave up on his ambitions, keeping up football twice a week and taking his son so he could enjoy teaching him about things he enjoyed.

"Through the years Mitchell was an outstanding person. He loved his mum, dad, his girlfriend Laura, his son, his brothers Jamie and Ryan – just as much as we all loved Mitchell.”

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