Peter Sutcliffe died last week (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

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An inquest has revealed the Yorkshire Ripper died after contracting coronavirus.

Peter Sutcliffe, 74, had recently been diagnosed with Covid-19 and died at the  University Hospital of North Durham  on November 13.

At a hearing held at Crook Civic Centre, coroner's officer Sharon Carr confirmed his cause of death as SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia, diabetes mellitus and ischemic heart disease.

The coroner's officer said SARS-CoV-2 was "essentially the same as the  Covid-19  infection", reports the Chronicle Live.

The serial killer, who murdered at least 13 women across the north of England in the late 1970s had several underlying health conditions and was "almost blind".

Before beginning the inquest, assistant senior coroner for County Durham and Darlington Crispin Oliver made a heartfelt tribute to all of Sutcliffe's victims and passed on his "solidarity and support".

Sutcliffe murdered 13 women and attempted to kill a further seven
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Sutcliffe was a prisoner at HMP Frankland in Durham which he moved to on August 24, 2016 when he was 70 years old.

The inquest heard how Sutcliffe was identified by a police officer following his death and his ex-wife was named as his next of kin.

Detective Inspector Claire Lambert from Durham Constabulary said they were made aware that Sutcliffe was "seriously ill" and was taken into hospital on November 10.

Sutcliffe was a prisoner at HMP Frankland
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The inquest heard how Sutcliffe was identified by a police officer following his death and his ex-wife was named as his next of kin
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She said: "On November 10 we were first made aware that Mr Sutcliffe had been transferred to the University Hospital of North Durham and from that point, prison officers made a record of his movements.

"It was reported to us that he had been seriously ill and over a period of weeks spent a lot of time in medical care before being transferred to the hospital.

"Mr Sutcliffe had a pacemaker fitted, was almost blind and used a wheelchair.

"We first became aware of his death after a call from prison on November 13.

"When somebody dies, an investigation will occur as a matter of course.

"The deceased Peter Sutcliffe used his mother's maiden name after he was given life imprisonment.

"As a result, he is also known as Coonan and is known as the Yorkshire Ripper by the media."