The DEATH of a schoolboy who was found hanged at his home on the banks of the River Thames in an upmarket village was still being investigated by police and a coroner on September 18.

The inquest was opened into the death of 16-year-old Theodore Leyland-Jones whose body was found at his family home on August 19.

Senior Berkshire coroner Heidi O'Connor, heard that Theo died at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, despite the efforts of doctors to try to save his life.

A post mortem examination, carried out by a pathologist at the hospital mortuary revealed that the youngster died as the result of compression of the neck by ligature and diffuse cerebral hypoxia.

Police and paramedics had been called to Theo's home in Purley-on-Thames on the outskirts of Reading, after the teenager was found unconscious.

He was rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital where doctors had been put on alert.

The coroner, who opened the inquest into Theo's death, heard that his body was identified Dr John Hughes at the at Royal Berkshire Hospital on August 19, where he was pronounced dead.

Mrs Connor, sitting at Reading Coroner’s Court, said that a post mortem examination on the schoolboy’s body was carried out confirming his cause of death as diffuse cerebral hypoxia and compression of the neck by ligature.

Ms Connor added: "I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Theodore Leyland-Jones at this difficult time."

The full inquest date has not yet been set as investigations into the teenager’s death continue.