A DAD left a heartbreaking suicide be aware saying “Covid obtained me,” earlier than drowning himself as his enterprise struggled throughout the pandemic.
Monetary adviser Nick Gunnell, 55, turned a “hidden sufferer” of the virus when he tragically killed himself in York on June 30.
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Dad Nick Gunnell, 55, left a be aware for his household, saying ‘Covid-19 obtained me’Credit score: Ben Lack
The much-loved household man left a message for his household expressing his remorse and apologising – with out saying what he deliberate to do – stated Assistant Coroner John Broadbridge on the inquest.
It included the phrases “Covid-19 obtained me.”
The Covid lockdown had precipitated his monetary recommendation enterprise issues – and he had been affected by anxiousness and had hassle sleeping, the coroner stated.
Mr Gunnell was final seen on CCTV taking place to a riverside shortly after 1pm on June 30.
After a six-day police and public search, a kayaker discovered his physique within the river 150 metres upstream from the bridge.
A put up mortem concluded that the monetary adviser from York, had drowned, and Mr Broadbridge recorded a discovering of suicide.
The inquest heard that earlier than coronavirus, Mr Gunnell had instructed his spouse that 2020 was going to be “their 12 months.”
He was getting ready to promote his monetary recommendation enterprise and so they have been planning a tour of the Greek islands.
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However coronavirus journey restrictions meant the vacation didn’t go forward, the lockdown hit his enterprise and the deal fell via, the coroner stated.
Mr Gunnell’s brother Jez stated after the inquest: “Nick Gunnell lived life to the complete and was an incredible husband, father, stepfather, brother, uncle and a terrific buddy to many.
“He’s enormously missed by us all and we’re all conscious that Nick is a hidden sufferer of Covid-19 – one in every of many who have misplaced their treasured lives or are struggling on account of this devastating illness, that aren’t on any Authorities statistics.
“Nick was clearly very disturbed by the onset of Covid.
“Aside from the oppressive media blitz, being below lockdown and disadvantaged of his social life, Covid precipitated Nick monumental issues for the enterprise that he had developed for 30 years.
“Nevertheless, regardless of the proof that he deliberate to take his personal life, we’ll by no means make certain he didn’t find yourself falling into the river in his situation relatively than really ending his life on goal.”
Proof learn to the inquest stated Mr Gunnell had drunk alcohol and brought drugs earlier than he died.
He had talked along with his physician the day earlier than his loss of life and been prescribed drugs for anxiousness and sleeping issues.
The physician’s notes stated he didn’t sound suicidal, the inquest heard.
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