The inventor of the Heimlich manoeuvre has died.

US doctor Henry Heimlich, who invented the manoeuvre used to help victims of choking, has died aged 96.

Dr Heimlich invented the lifesaving technique, which uses abdominal thrusts to clear a person’s airway, in 1974.

In May he used the technique himself to save a woman at his retirement home.

Dr Heimlich died at a hospital in the US city of Cincinnati early on Saturday following complications from a heart attack he suffered on Monday, his family says. See more…