Guinness heiress Honor Uloth, aged 19, was found unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool during a family barbeque at a mansion in Sussex in July.
A teenage heiress has left the Guinness family heartbroken after dying following a tragic pool accident.
The 19-year-old was found unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool during a family barbeque at a mansion in Sussex.
The Guinness heiress, who wasn’t drinking alcohol on the day of the accident, had been sat in the hot tub with two friends before going for a swim at around 11 pm in July.
Coroner’s officer Geoff Charnock stated that 19 people had attended the barbeque that night and Honor had decided to go for a late-night swim. Her friends remained in the hot tub and had their backs to the pool – they did not see when Honor went into the swimming pool.
Shortly afterwards, Honor’s brother, Rufus, 15, walked past the pool and spotted her. He dived in to try and help, it was heard at the coroner’s inquest.
Rufus managed to pull her out of the pool and adults at the mansion then started CPR while waiting on an ambulance.
Once the paramedics arrived, the teenager was rushed to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester before being transferred to St Thomas’s Hospital in London.
According to the Daily Mail, the Oxford Brookes University history of art student had suffered from brain injuries and a broken shoulder.
On August 6, six days after the accident, she was pronounced dead in hospital.
This week, a coroner has ruled that her death was a tragic accident.
Although police conducted an investigation, Mr Charnock said that nobody at the mansion had witnessed what had happened to her.
As there were no witnesses, her cause of death has been ruled as an accident. However, the police have several theories and one is that Honor leapt off the side and hit her head, or she slipped and banged her head.
Senior Coroner Penelope Schofield said: “I record a conclusion of accident.”
Honor was the eldest daughter of Rupert Uloth and Lady Louisa Jane Guinness, her father was Benjamin Guinness, the 3rd Earl of Iveagh.
Her family has been left devastated by the 19-year-old’s death. They have revealed that Honor wanted her organs donated so that lives could be saved.
A family member said: “She always made it clear that if anything happened to her, she would like her organs to be donated to those in need.
“The doctors say that, with the matches they have found, it looks like she is going to help save four lives and seriously enhance ten more.”
Rufus, Honor’s dad, described her as “a diamond girl with a heart of gold”.
The Guinness family has suffered a string of tragedies in its history.
Arthur Guinness, who began the brewery in 1759, fathered 21 children but devastatingly lost ten before his own death.
Many of his grandchildren went on to become alcoholics, who died in poverty or even ended up in mental institutions.
In 1978, Lady Henrietta Guinness jumped off a bridge in Italy following a car crash in the French Riviera that she never recovered from.