Family curse strikes again as young heiress mysteriously drowns

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·3-min read

The heiress to the Guinness beer fortune has died in the latest tragedy to befall the famous family.

Guinness heiress Honor Uloth, 19, died in a swimming pool accident during a summer barbecue at her family home, an inquest has heard.

The teenager died six days after being found at the bottom of the pool at her family's A$6.35million mansion which overlooks Chichester Harbour, in Sussex, on 31 July.

They had been hosting a barbecue at the property for four other families when the tragedy happened, Mail Online reported.

Honor Uloth, 19, is pictured.
Honor Uloth, 19, a member of the Guinness family has died. Source: Facebook/ Honor Uloth

The death of Ms Uloth, who was the daughter of Rupert Uloth and Lady Louisa Jane Guinness, was ruled an accident this week at an inquest at Crawley Coroner’s Court.

"We have lost a daughter and sister who brought untold light and joy into our lives,” her family said in a statement.

"She was so full of fun, laughter, kindness and adventure.

“She had this knack of bringing people together and making them feel good."

Honor Uloth, 19, is pictured.
Ms Uloth was found in the pool by her younger brother. Source: Facebook

Ms Uloth’s brother Rufus, 15, had pulled her out of the pool after spotting she was unconscious, the inquest heard.

She had got into the pool by herself at approximately 11pm after spending time in a hot tub with two friends.

A total of 19 people were said to have attended the barbecue.

Coroner’s officer Geoff Charnock told the hearing Rufus raised the alarm.

“The adults commenced CPR while an ambulance was called,” he said.

She was rushed to hospital but died on August 6 after suffering brain injuries and a broken shoulder.

Mr Charnock added a police investigation did not reveal how she came to be lying at the bottom of the pool and there had been no witnesses to the accident.

Pints of Guinness are photographed at the Gap of the North pub in the border village of Jonesborough in south Armagh, northern Ireland.
Ms Uloth is a member of the extended Guinness family who founded the famous stout. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Police theorised she may have hit her head when she jumped off a rock or slipped on a wet surface.

Senior Coroner Penelope Schofield recorded her death as an accident.

Ms Uloth’s family said of her last day alive she spent it "riding polo ponies in the morning, seeing friends on the beach in the afternoon and enjoying an evening with close friends and family over a delicious al fresco supper”

"It was her perfect kind of day,” they said.

The teenager was the eldest of three children and her family have a combined worth of approximately $1.6 billion.

Her death is the latest tragedy to befall the Guinness family.

In 1988, John Guinness died after a 150-metre fall in North Wales. Two years earlier his wife Jennifer was kidnapped from their Dublin home. He was pistol-whipped during the kidnapping as his wife’s assailants overpowered him.

Four members of the extended family also died in a four-month spell in 1978 including Natalya Citkovitz, 17, who died from suspected alcohol asphyxiation.

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