Neighbour of Boris Johnson’s father ‘who shot his estranged wife’ has died

A neighbour of Boris Johnson’s father who allegedly shot his estranged wife has died after he was injured in the suspected murder-suicide.

John Zurick, 67, is thought to have gunned down wife Debbie, 56, after he discovered she had a new boyfriend. He then turned the shotgun on himself, friends said previously.

Paramedics were called to the cottage, on the Prime Minister’s family estate in Somerset, on Saturday afternoon but were unable to save Mrs Zurick.

Her husband was airlifted to hospital, where he was in a critical but stable condition. It has now been confirmed he succumbed to his injuries.

The couple, who had been married for 30 years, bred and trained clumber spaniels. Mr and Mrs Zurick were neighbours of Stanley Johnson – the father of PM Boris Johnson.

Pictured: Debbie and John Zurick with their dogs. Police have opened a murder probe

Pictured: Debbie Zurick and John Zurick. Neighbours of the couple, who lived in Nethercote Cottage, Winsford, Somerset, next to the Johnson family’s 500-acre estate, say the couple’s marriage was in crisis and Mrs Zurick had asked her husband for a divorce

Pictured: Debbie Zurick and John Zurick. Neighbours of the couple, who lived in Nethercote Cottage, Winsford, Somerset, next to the Johnson family’s 500-acre estate, say the couple’s marriage was in crisis and Mrs Zurick had asked her husband for a divorce

Paramedics were called to the cottage, on the Prime Minister's family estate in Somerset, on Saturday afternoon but were unable to save Mrs Zurick (pictured)

Paramedics were called to the cottage, on the Prime Minister’s family estate in Somerset, on Saturday afternoon but were unable to save Mrs Zurick (pictured)

Stanley Johnson previously told the Daily Mail: ‘Both I and my whole family are shocked, stunned and saddened by this tragic incident.

‘We very much regret the passing of Mrs Zurick. She was a neighbour and she was much loved.

‘She was honorary secretary of the Working Clumber Spaniel Society and was much loved for the work she did, in the society and in Exmoor and beyond.’ He declined to say whether his family had taken working spaniels from the Zuricks.

A photograph on Mr Zurick’s Facebook page from March 2016 appears to show Mr Johnson outside the cottage in Winsford, near Minehead, with one of the couple’s dogs, also called Boris.

The Zuricks bought the property, where the Prime Minister spent some of his childhood, from Mr Johnson’s father Stanley for £440,000 in 2013.

Stanley Johnson owns the neighbouring 14th century farmhouse on the Nethercote estate with his wife Jennifer. A third house on the estate is owned by the Prime Minister’s sister Rachel.

A picture posted on the couple's social media showing Boris Johnson meeting their dog, also called Boris

A picture posted on the couple’s social media showing Boris Johnson meeting their dog, also called Boris

Princess Anne, 69, has expressed her sadness after learning a dog breeder who worked for her, Debbie Zurick, had been shot dead in the cottage where Boris Johnson grew up (pictured second right with the Queen's daugthter is John Zurick who allegedly shot his wife)

Princess Anne, 69, has expressed her sadness after learning a dog breeder who worked for her, Debbie Zurick, had been shot dead in the cottage where Boris Johnson grew up (pictured second right with the Queen’s daugthter is John Zurick who allegedly shot his wife)

There are also a number of barns, which have been converted into properties, whose owners include Boris and his brother Leo.

The Zuricks were regulars at game shoots and were key figures in the Working Clumber Spaniel Society, of which Princess Anne is president.

On the society’s website, Mr Zurick describes how he trained Anne’s dog Sparkle but received a rebuke from the princess when the hound failed to bring back a pheasant.



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