West Galway coroner Dr Ciaran McLoughlin said it was the first time in 25 years of investigating deaths that he had recorded such a verdict.
Michael Faherty, 76, died at his home in Galway on 22 December 2010.
Deaths attributed by some to "spontaneous combustion" occur when a living human body is burned without an apparent external source of ignition.
Typically police or fire investigators find burned corpses but no burned furniture. Read more
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
First Irish Case of Death by Spontaneous Combustion
An Irish coroner ruled that a man's death was caused by spontaneous combustion.