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LEUKAEMIA WAS THE LAST STRAW.

Byline: By Jackie Bow South Wales Echo

A 56-year-old man who suffered long-term depression and had been diagnosed with leukaemia was found hanged.

Leighton Robinson was found dead at his home in Crockett Place, Hopkinstown, Pontypridd, on September 20 last year.

In a statement his friend of 30 years, Patrick Gibbon, said that Mr Robinson had suffered depression since a road accident 20 years ago and had not worked.

In the weeks leading up to his death he seemed to be well and getting on with life.

On September 18 they talked about fixing a few cars to buy some tools.

Two days later he and his brother-in-law went to Mr Robinson's home and found him hanged. There was no suicide note.

Consultant pathologist Dr David Stock said a post-mortem examination showed Mr Robinson had heart surgery in the past and was suffering from stage one leukaemia.

He had died from asphyxia due to hanging.

Fred Robinson told the hearing his younger brother's depression wasn't helped in the past 12 months when leukaemia was diagnosed.

He said: 'I think he thought it was to some extent the end of the day for him'.

The family tried to reassure him he could get through it.

His divorce five years earlier had hit him and he believed his brother felt rejection from his partner.

Mr Robinson added: 'There was a culmination of things, combined with the amount of drugs and anti-depressants he was taking, that probably swayed the balance of his mind.

'We all did care for him.'

Recording a verdict of suicide, coroner Philip Walters said in seeking explanations for suicides there 'were often a number of contributory factors which just ultimately overloaded people and that is exactly what has happened in Leighton's case'.
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