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Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 16:35 GMT
Cram anguish at brother's death
Steve Cram on the microphone
Steve Cram is now a BBC commentator
The former athlete Steve Cram has revealed that his family is upset about the lack of witnesses to the death of his brother while jogging in Cardiff.

He attended an inquest on Wednesday which heard how Kevin Cram, 39, died after being found lying in a gutter by a passing motorist last May.

Kevin Cram - brother of athlete Steve Cram
Kevin Cram was found lying in a gutter
It is still unknown why Mr Cram fell while out jogging around Roath Park in a quiet, residential area of the city as there was no sign of him putting his hands out to break his fall.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Coroner Dr Lawrence Addicott said it was too difficult to say precisely why Mr Cram had fallen

Pathologist Ryk James told the hearing that the bookseller had died from a severe injury to the back of the head that was probably caused when he hit the pavement.

He said there was no evidence that he had been assaulted or hit by a passing car.

But he added that Mr Cram may have tripped on the pavement in Sandringham Road.

"On visiting the scene I saw some of the paving stones were irregular and some were loose in both directions and I formed the opinion that he could have tripped, " he said.

"There was also no evidence of natural disease or any sign of alcohol or drug usage."

Steve Cram in his sporting days
Cram was an Olympic hero
The inquest also heard that officers from Cardiff County Council had, by coincidence, carried out a bi-annual check of the road and pavement on the day Mr Cram died.

A report was made and several areas had been earmarked for repair.

Detective Constable Andrew Church told the inquest that during his investigations he found that Mr Cram had made an appointment to see the doctor that day but the reason why he had to go has not been discovered.

He had also complained to his mother, Maria, two or three years before of suffering from blinding headaches but no problem was diagnosed.

Kevin Cram's body was not identified for several days and police had issued an appealing for help to name him.

He lived in Cardiff and ran a local bookshop called Land of Green Ginger.

His partner, Kellie, 29, called the police after she travelled from her home in Swindon to Cardiff when Mr Cram did not answer the phone.

She got to his flat in Marlborough Road, Cardiff, to find the television still on and his wallet and keys there.

After the inquest, BBC sport athletics commentator Steve Cram said it was upsetting that there were no actual eye witnesses to what had happened.

"It has been very tough on the family. You hear about these things happening to other people," he said.

"And I think it makes it more difficult to deal with because no-one actually saw what happened all we have to go on is a theory.

"It makes it more difficult to accept."

Steve Cram was the world's leading 1500m runner in the mid-1980s during a glittering athletics career.

The 41-year-old from Gateshead, north east England, won Commonwealth, European and World titles as well as a silver medal behind Sebastian Coe at the 1984 Olympic Games.

In 1985 he broke three world records in 19 days at 1500m, the mile and 2000m.

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