Former racing driver, 102, dies after being trapped on the roof of his home for three days

Trapped – Ron Easton was trapped on his roof for three days (Picture: Getty)

A 102-year-old man died after being trapped on his roof for three days.

Former racing driver Ron Easton had climbed on to the roof of an extension on his Devon home with a bucket of tools, but got stuck after falling over or collapsing, according to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. It is thought he may have been trying to fix his aerial.

Friends raised the alarm after spotting three unopened milk bottles outside the 102-year-old’s home in Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon.

According to the South Western Ambulance Service, Mr Easton was found lying face down on a garden rake with his bucket of tools next to him.


He was taken to hospital in Plymouth but died on Friday.

A Twitter account for Kingsbridge Police said Mr Easton died on Friday, adding: “Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Ron.”

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Mr Easton was known locally as ‘Ton-Up Ron’ and could apparently regularly be seen driving in his blue MG.

A flag in the village has reportedly been lowered to half mast, with a local tribute saying “Ton-Up Ron RIP”.