Driver was discovered unconcious in coach at the side of the A361 Link Road last month.

POLICE have confirmed a coach driver who was found unconcious in a lay by near South Molton last month died of natural causes.

Chris Tearall, 65, from South Molton, was discovered in the coach off the A361 Link Road at around 3.25am on November 26.

The Taw and Torridge Coach was empty at the time and was on its way to Plymouth to collect passengers.

Mr Tearall was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A police spokesman said: “This has now been confirmed as death by natural causes and is not now being treated as a fatal road traffic collision.”

At the time of his death, Mr Tearall’s employers paid tribute to him saying he would be sadly missed.

Tony Hunt, Taw and Torridge Coaches managing director, said: “He wasn’t just a driver but an operations manager as well, working side by side with the managers in the operational department.

“He was also a fellow coach operator and will be sadly missed through the local area and the industry. Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this sad time.”