Bond actress died from drinking drain fluid: inquest

20th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

A British former Bond girl died after drinking drain cleaner and pouring it over herself, her inquest heard on Wednesday.

Angela Scoular, 65, drank the corrosive liquid after battling with alcoholism, manic depression and worries over debts, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

The actress, who played Ruby Bartlett in the 1969 Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", was married to comic actor Leslie Phillips, who starred in the "Carry On" films.

She suffered 40 percent burns to her body, throat and dietary tract with the cleaner, which was 91 percent sulphuric acid, the court heard.

Scoular was pronounced dead on April 11 this year, just over two hours after drinking the drain cleaner.

Coroner Fiona Wilcox ruled she committed suicide while the balance of her mind was disturbed.

© 2011 AFP

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