Coroner confirms the cause of death of ice hockey star Adam Johnson after the player's throat was split by an opponent's skate in horrific accident - before adjourning inquest until 2024

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By Pa Sport Staff

Published: 06:44 EDT, 3 November 2023 | Updated: 06:49 EDT, 3 November 2023

A coroner has offered her 'sincere condolences' to nan family and friends of Nottingham Panthers crystal lucky subordinate Adam Johnson, who died aft sustaining a superior injury during a lucifer watched by thousands.

The 29-year-old American was playing for nan Panthers against Sheffield Steelers connected Saturday erstwhile he was deed successful nan pharynx by an opponent's skate, causing a fatal injury.

About 8,000 fans watched successful scary arsenic attempts were made to prevention Johnson's life arsenic he laic connected nan crystal astatine Sheffield's Utilita Arena, shielded by chap players.

On Friday, Sheffield's elder coroner Tanyka Rawden opened and adjourned an inquest into Johnson's decease astatine Sheffield's Medico-Legal Centre.

Mrs Rawden confirmed individual specifications astir nan player, including that he was from Minnesota, successful nan United States, and gave very little specifications of really he died.

Adam Johnson died connected Saturday aft sustaining superior wounded erstwhile he was deed successful nan pharynx by an opponent's skate (pictured successful 2019)

The American player's woman Ryan Wolfe is thought to person tally onto nan crystal arsenic Johnson received contiguous help

Hockey teams person paid tribute to nan subordinate successful nan aftermath of his passing, pinch his erstwhile Pittsburg Penguins broadside remembering him pinch a minute's soundlessness connected Monday 

She said that first investigations had recovered that: 'Mr Johnson was earnestly injured.'

'He was taken by ambulance to nan Northern General Hospital successful Sheffield wherever he died later that time arsenic a consequence of nan injuries sustained.

'He was identified by his fiancee, Ryan Wolfe.'

She said inquiries into nan decease were continuing.

The coroner adjourned nan inquest until January 26 but stressed that this would beryllium for a reappraisal and not for nan afloat hearing.

Mrs Rawden concluded nan four-minute agelong proceeding by saying she wanted to 'take this opportunity to connection to his family, his friends and each those who knew him, my sincere condolences astatine this difficult time.'

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