The 80-year-old was found by police after being reported missing by a worried friend when she failed to turn up for her regular walk.
Police smashed a window to break into the two-storey terraced town house in Belgravia, central London, at around 5.30pm on September 26 last year, The Sun reports.
Also known as Veronica, the Dowager Countess of Lucan, Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see Lord Lucan — the 7th Earl John Bingham — alive before he became the most famous fugitive in the world.
He is alleged to have bludgeoned family nanny Sandra Rivett to death after mistaking her for his estranged wife during a bitter custody battle over their three children in November 1974.
Lady Lucan’s friend, David Davies, became worried after she had not been seen for two days and missed their regular meeting in St James’ Park.
Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see Lord Lucan alive before he went on the run
Lord and Lady Lucan on their wedding day in 1963. Picture: FileSource:News Corp Australia
Lord Lucan, the world’s most famous fugitive, was never found. This photograph was taken in 1963. Picture: FileSource:News Limited
He went to Belgravia Police Station concerned she had killed herself as the pair had discussed assisted suicide if they had a terminal illness or a degenerative disease.
Police discovered her on the second storey of her mews house in nightclothes on the dining room floor with an unmarked bottle under her body.
Lady Lucan, who was born in Uckfield, East Sussex, was worried she had developed Parkinson’s after she noticed a tremor in her right hand, lost her sense of smell, felt tired, anxious and suffered from insomnia, as well as becoming forgetful, an inquest heard.
Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see her husband alive before he went on the run. The couple is pictured here in 1964, a decade before he vanished. Picture: FileSource:Supplied
She had visited an Exit meeting on assisted suicide with Mr Davis the previous year and she also complained of having money troubles.
Westminster Coroner’s Court heard how she wrote in her diary how she intended to take her own life if she became frail and had books on assisted dying.
A pathologist concluded she died from respiratory failure caused by a lethal dose of barbiturates and alcohol poisoning.
In Lady Lucan’s diary, she made an entry on August 5 last year, about six weeks before her death, listing potential suicide items copied from books found in her house.
In another entry just weeks before she died, she detailed her suspected symptoms of Parkinson’s but she had not been diagnosed by a doctor.
Lady Lucan in an undated photograph. Her husband, the 7th Earl of Lucan, vanished after the murder of their nanny in 1974. Picture: Central Press/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Lady Veronica Lucan, wife of British missing aristocrat Lord Lucan, had a fraught relationship with him. Picture: FileSource:News Limited
Lord Lucan fled the country after allegedly murdering his children’s nanny Sandra Rivett
In a written statement David Davies, who had known her for two years, said: “There was nothing in her behaviour to suggest anything was wrong, although she thought she had the onset of Parkinson’s and had a tremor in her right hand and was worried she’d lost her sense of smell.
“We went to an Exit lecture on how to help people with a terminal illness end their lives peacefully and Dignitas was mentioned.
“She gave the impression she was hard up and had to watch every penny, and complained about interest rates going up.
“We both discussed how to end our lives, but only if we developed a degenerative or terminal illness or became reliant on other people.”
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