TRIBUTES have been paid to a York academic found dead at his home in the city.

An inquest opening into the death of Richard George Rowland heard how the 68-year-old was found dead on October 24 last year at his flat in York.

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He was a retired lecturer who previously worked at the department of English and related literature at the University of York.

Dr Rowland joined the university as a student and then later as a lecturer in 2001. He retired in 2021.

Professor Helen Smith from the University of York's department of English and related literature said: "Richard was an inspirational tutor and a warm and mischievous colleague.

"He was highly regarded as a scholarly editor, and wrote field-defining books on the Renaissance and classical mythology.

"Following his retirement, he remained a much-loved friend for many in the department and will be sorely missed."

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An inquest was opened at Northallerton Coroner’s Court yesterday (January 22) and assistant coroner, Richard Watson, said Dr Rowland was a senior university lecturer and he was single.

He said the provisional cause of death was combined drug toxicity, bronchial pneumonia and heart disease.

The inquest was opened and adjourned to a later date after a short hearing.