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Director and presenter, Johnny Kingdom dies crushed by his backhoe

His hat screwed on the head, a khaki jacket on his shoulders, Johnny Kingdom ran through the woods to share his passion and awe for the wild nature in documentaries. The director and british presenter died on 6 September 2018. The investigation has revealed the cause of death, linked to a stupid accident backhoe.

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Johnny Kingdom, Walter John Kingdom, his real name, has been overwritten by its excavator as he worked in his farm, located in North Devon, England. The 79 year old man tried to move a tree trunk more than a ton. “Johnny had an excavator 3.5 ton for the past ten years that he regularly used to work the hardest,” explained Julie Parkin, his wife. “We found dead under the digger”. The presenter was asphyxiated reveals the autopsy. Its basin suffered from many fractures.

The survey shows that the machine was on a slope. Johnny Kingdom is trying to make a reverse. The weight of the tree trunk was switch the machine. The old man, who had not developed a seat belt, fell out of the excavator. “According to me, he knew very well how to wield the shovel. I am amazed that he has had an accident, knowing his ability and his skill,” confessed Craig, one of her sons. Before being a known face of british television, Johnny Kingdom had been carrier and woodcutter. After a serious accident in the tractor, he came to film nature on the advice of a friend.

“He died doing what he loved the most,”

throughout his twenty year career, Johnny Kingdom has filmed a series and documentaries including for the BBC. The British know him for his series Johnny Kingdom: A Year on Exmoor , released in 2006. The adventurer walked the moors of the Exmoor national park, straddling Somerset and Devon, in search of deer and foxes.

Even older, Johnny Kingdom continued all the days to walk around and work on his land, located in the same region. “He died doing what he loved the most. This is what we enjoy,” commented Julie Parkin, his wife. At his death in 2018, the media had paid tribute to “one of the last figures of the Great Britain rural”.

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