A burglar collapsed as he was restrained during a break-in at Ringo Starr's apartment block, an inquest heard yesterday.
He died a few days later. Edward Sharman, 32, was held by office workers on the ground floor of the Beatles legend's luxury complex in Chelsea, West London, after being chased by porters.
Receptionist Abigail Hardy told Westminster coroner's court he was "extremely agitated" as her colleagues held him down and then fell unconscious just after a police officer arrived. She said: "It looked as though it might take a great deal to control him."
Mr Sharman, of Notting Hill, was taken to hospital but died five days later on April 30, 2008.
Det Supt Peter Laverick, of the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "Edward Sharman at the time of the incident was in breach of bail conditions... for the burglary of a block of flats, possession of an offensive weapon and common assault." The inquest continues.