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PENSIONER TOOK HIS OWN LIFE.

Byline: ByLISA JONES South Wales Echo

A retired small-holder killed himself because he could not cope with his failing health.

Clifford William Griffiths, 71, of Garth View, Hillside Park in Bedwas, took a cocktail of antidepressants and paracet- amol.

He was discovered on the bedroom floor of his bungalow and taken to the University Hospital of Wales.

Cardiff Coroner's Court heard he died two months later of multiple organ failure.

Mr Griffiths, a divorcee, lived alone but received twice daily visits from carers because of severe incapacity.

Morning carer Carol Williams told coroner Dr Lawrence Addicott that she called at Mr Griffiths' home on October 2 last year to find a key had been left in the lock from the inside, preventing access.

Police forced entry to find a collapsed Mr Griffiths surrounded by empty pill boxes.

Mrs Williams said Mr Griffiths would often be awkward and verbally aggressive because he could not come to terms with his failing mobility.

But at other times, she said, he was pleasant.

Mrs Williams told the court he used to say 'I don't want to be here any more'.

She said: 'He was also incontinent which he found difficult to come to terms with.'

Twilight carer Deborah Parry said: 'Towards the end he was very low. He couldn't accept that he needed help.'

The inquest heard Mr Griffiths had previously cut his own throat.

The cause of death was multiple organ failure due to multiple drug overdose.

Coroner Dr Addicott said: 'He was a person of deteriorating health. In the last few weeks of his life it was becoming progressively worse.

'He had great difficulty in coping with that.

'It is clear that Mr Griffiths was suffering from significant depression.'

He recorded a verdict that Mr Griffiths had killed himself.
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