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An inquest was opened into the death of Paul Danusia, who was found dead on Bantham Beach last month. 

An inquest was opened and adjourned into the death of 47-year-old Paul Danusia after he was found dead on Bantham Beach at 9am on January 16. 

In a short hearing, the assistant Coroner Mr Covell, noted that Mr Danusia was born in Chester but was currently living in Bantham and working as a chef. 

Plymouth Coroners Court heard that Mr Danusia was found "with facial injuries by a passing member of the public". 

Locally, it is thought that Mr Danusia was walking his dog on the cliffs late at night, as he often did. 

The statement went on: "He was pronounced deceased at the scene by attending paramedics. Police and Coastguard attended the scene."

Mr Covell said there were "no suspicious circumstances" but the medical cause of death was not yet ascertained and the coroner awaited toxicology reports.

Mr Covell adjourned the hearing and a full inquest is expected to be held later this year.

A crowdfunder has been set up to support his fiancee and daughter. 

The statement on the fund states that Paul was a  "much loved friend by all", who "died in a tragic accident". It calls him a "talented and hard working professional chef for many years in the Sloop in Bantham and more recently the King Arms in Salcombe."

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