Lord Sutch fought long battle with depression.A coroner yesterday recorded a verdict of suicide on maverick politician Screaming Lord Sutch David Edward Sutch (or Screaming Lord Sutch) (November 10, 1940 – June 16, 1999) was an English musician and politician. Musical career
Sutch was born at New End Hospital, Hampstead, North West London. after hearing of his long battle against depression.
The 58-year-old founder of the Monster Raving Loony party was "a comedian with tragedy at his heart", said Hornsey coroner Dr William Dolman.
The rock and roll musician was found hanging on the stairs at his late mother's home in South Harrow South Harrow has grown out of the village of Roxeth as a result of urbanisation and easier access from Central London by rail. South of the old village centre (located at the bottom of Roxeth Hill) and beyond the newly developed shopping area, lies South Harrow tube station and , north-west London by his fiancee, Ms Yvonne Elwood, on June 16.
Dr Dolman said: "He clearly was a man who had suffered from depression for a long period." He added: "The public saw the public face, a cheery, outgoing character, yet in the privacy of his room, his true character, his true sadness, appeared."
Dr Dolman added: "I suppose in a sense his life is a tragicomedy tragicomedy
Literary genre consisting of dramas that combine elements of tragedy and comedy. Plautus coined the Latin word tragicocomoedia to denote a play in which gods and mortals, masters and slaves reverse the roles traditionally assigned to them. . It has come to a sudden end, an end he had obviously planned.
"The entertainment and fun he brought to many people in what one might call the sometimes unsavoury world of politics, I hope, will be remembered longer than the events of June this year.
"I record that David Sutch killed himself, and I'm going to add, while suffering from a depressive illness."
Ms Elwood, Lord Sutch's fiancee, of Elgar Road, Reading, told the inquest that Lord Sutch had been taking tablets for depression for quite a long period when she first met him.
"He suffered from manic depression Noun 1. manic depression - a mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression
bipolar disorder, manic depressive illness, manic-depressive psychosis for many years," she said.
"He had a public face, and a private face, which was, most of the time, severely depressed."
She added: "It would affect him physically, his whole face would drop, and he just couldn't cope."
She last saw him on Sunday June 13, at around midnight. After failing to contact him on Monday and Tuesday, she went to the house in South Harrow on the Wednesday. "He was on the stairs. He looked as if he was just leaning on the banisters."
Former madam Ms Cynthia Payne told the inquest that she had become friendly with Lord Sutch because they shared an election agent and he had lived at her house from 1988 to 1991.
Ms Payne, aged 66, who described herself as an after dinner guest speaker, said: "He was like a little boy, he always called me 'Mumsy'.
"He never slept properly, he used to get up at three in the morning.
"There was one occasion he woke up and was screaming coming down the stairs Adv. 1. down the stairs - on a floor below; "the tenants live downstairs"
downstairs, on a lower floor, below with a nightmare.
Ms Payne said the death of Sutch's mother had a bad effect on him.