A former hospital trust chief executive charged with fraud has died suddenly.

Phil Morley led Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust for four years until spring 2014, and retired as chief executive of Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust last year.

Several authorities confirmed this week that he had died.

Chris Long, current chief executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, said in a statement: “We extend our sympathies to the family of Phil Morley, who was the chief executive of the organisation between 2010 and 2014.

“The trust will be making no further comment.”

Mr Morley had been due to appear in court charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit false accounting, it was confirmed by the Crown Prosecution Service last week.

He was due to appear at Hull Magistrates’ Court court on 8 June.

Mr Morley, 53, had previously denied the allegations made against him.

NHS Protect, a predecessor organisation of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, began its investigation in relation to Mr Morley in February 2015.

A spokesman for the CFA said: “It is extremely sad to hear the news of the death of Mr Morley, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time. Given the circumstances it would not be appropriate for us to comment further.”

Sussex police said in a statement: “A body was found at the bottom of the cliffs at 9.45pm on 5 May. The man has not yet been formally identified.”

The CPS has been approached for comment.

Updated at 10.30pm on 11 May to include comment from Sussex police.