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A high-flying executive, 53, was on a skiing holiday in the French Alps when he plunged over the edge of a cliff and died of «multiple injuries», an inquest heard


A high-flying executive has died after falling off the edge of a cliff during a skiing holiday in the French Alps.

Simon Helliwell, the 53-year-old former executive vice-president of publishing house Elsevier, suffered ‘multiple injuries’ after the accident on 27 January.

He skied the Tour de Roc d’Enfer – which offers panoramic views for skiers and cyclists.

The district coroner for Berkshire, Hannah Godfrey, concluded in a written inquest that Mr Helliwell he died injuries sustained in the fall in Epagny Metz Tessy.

It began investigating on 13 February, but after a public inquiry was opened on 9 April, it was decided that the inquiry could be closed in writing.

Simon Helliwell, the 53-year-old former executive vice-president of publishing house Elsevier, suffered «multiple injuries» after the accident in France on 27 January

An inquest may be closed in writing if the coroner considers that there is no realistic prospect of disagreement about the decision or findings of the inquest and that no public interest would be served by the hearing.

Mr. Helliwell previously held the role of Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Elsevier, the science publishing giant.

In December 2022, Mr. Helliwell was appointed Chief People Officer at Silverstream Technologies, a market leader in air lubrication technology for the global marine industry.

He was married to Rachel Helliwell, a judge, and the couple lived in the Caversham area of ​​Reading, Berkshire.

A tribute page fundraising for Supporting Dementia UK set up in his honor said: “Always full of life and the center of our worlds, Simon touched the lives of many with his warmth, kindness, unwavering spirit and endless energy.

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«He is much loved and will always be remembered.»

District Coroner for Berkshire, Hannah Godfrey, concluded in a written inquest that Mr Helliwell died from injuries sustained in the fall at Epagny Metz Tessy.

District Coroner for Berkshire, Hannah Godfrey, concluded in a written inquest that Mr Helliwell died from injuries sustained in the fall at Epagny Metz Tessy.

One supporter wrote: “So sad to hear the news of Simon’s death. We worked closely together during our time at Elsevier and have been in contact twice a year since then.

“He was an incredible person and someone I always looked forward to talking to. Simon, I will always cherish our deep discussions, collaboration and I hope you rest in peace my friend.

‘You will be missed. Love, thoughts and prayers to his family at this difficult time.’

Another added: “Simon has always given his family good reason to admire him. He was a son, husband and father that he was extremely proud of.

«He was a kind and generous person. Always there as a big support to his family. He gives us all good reason to miss him dearly.’



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