By the age of 48 he was diagnosed with mesothelioma , nicknamed asbestos cancer, and died five years later at his home in Lanhill View.
The coroner recorded a verdict that he died from the industrial disease mesothelioma , an asbestos-related cancer.
Now, of course, it is well known that it can cause asbestosis or mesothelioma , a malignant tumour of the lung lining caused by inhaling asbestos fibres.
Conversely, there are few risk factors other than asbestos exposure for mesothelioma .
His solicitors said he was in good health until diagnosed in December 2002 with mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.
Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon neoplasm yet it is the most common primary malignancy of the pleura.
It was only seven months earlier that the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma , had been diagnosed.
The fibres stick in lung tissue, causing fatal diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma , both rare and aggressive forms of cancer.
Then, there's the fact that not every mesothelioma is caused by asbestos.
About 90% of deaths due to mesothelioma are due to exposure to asbestos in unmonitored settings.