Filmstar's son 'kills himself'

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The son of Dambusters film star Richard Todd has been found dead after apparently committing suicide at his father's home, police said last night.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said the body of Seumas Palethorpe-Todd was found near a shotgun at the family home at Little Ponton, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, on Monday afternoon. There were no suspicious circumstances and he was pronounced dead just before 3pm.

The death is the latest chapter in a history of unhappiness for the family. Richard Todd's mother died in mysterious circumstances after fleeing from an unhappy marriage to her parents' estate in Ireland when he was only 18. She walked out of the house one night and sat by a river which ran through the estate and froze to death.