The founder of the famous Derbyshire fashion house has died of heart failure

An inquest into the death of the founder of a famous Derbyshire clothing manufacturer has revealed he died of heart failure shortly after being admitted to hospital in August last year.

David Harry Nieper, 90, lived in Matlock but was referred to Chesterfield Royal Hospital on Wednesday August 11, 2021 at 1.41am with acute shortness of breath.

The hearing was told that Mr Nieper also had a history of hypertension and high blood pressure, although he denied any chest pain.

Mr. Nieper founded his company, David Nieper Ltd, over 60 years ago as a small family business. Over the years it has grown and today employs over 300 people at its factory in Alfreton.

The business specializes in womenswear, knitwear, sleepwear and lingerie with the inquest into Mr Nieper’s death hearing saying he still considered himself a member of staff, describing himself as a “clothing factory manager” despite being 90 years old.

In a statement at the time of his death, a company spokesperson said: “For the past few years, David has focused on the collections and creative direction of the brand, working alongside his son Christopher Nieper OBE, CEO of the company.”

Medical reports read out at the hearing said Mr Nieper had ‘an enlarged heart but showed no signs of a heart attack’ during his short stay at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

During Mr Nieper’s stay in hospital, his condition deteriorated and he died after going into cardiac arrest, despite attempts by hospital staff to resuscitate him at 1.49pm on Wednesday August 11, 2021.

Addressing the hearing, Derby and Derbyshire Deputy Coroner Miss Susan Evans said she agreed with the medical evidence that Mr Nieper died of “heart failure and ‘atrial tachycardia’ which occurs when the electrical signal, which controls the heart’s rhythm, starts from an unusual location, causing the heart chambers to beat too quickly.

Miss Evans concluded his death was due to ‘natural causes’.

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