Edmund Vestey, former chairman of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA), has died of cancer aged 75. He was the third-generation leader of the Vestey business empire, which amassed a colossal fortune in the integrated meat trade.

As master of the Thurlow hunt for the past 41 years, and MFHA chairman from 1992-95, he was committed to country life and a vehement opponent of the hunting ban. He had extensive estates in East Anglia and Scotland, and commuted daily to London from his Suffolk home.

His wife, Anne, died last year. He leaves behind four sons. An obituary will appear in a future issue of Horse & Hound magazine.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (6 December)