March 14, 1997


An open verdict has been recorded on the death of ‘Leon the Pig Farmer’ star Mark Frankel. The 34-year-old actor died from injuries sustained when he fell off his custom-built motorbike in Chiswick last September.

A police accident investigator told an inquest on Tuesday that there was no apparent reason for the accident. In evidence, the actor’s widow, Caroline, said that the yellow Harley Davidson-powered bike was a project close to his heart. “He was really thrilled with it and kept saying how beautiful his bike was.” She stressed that he was a careful rider.