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Widower left note.

Byline: By WAYNE NOWACZYK South Wales Echo

Widower Douglas Jones hanged himself just 10 days after marking his 78th birthday, an inquest heard.The 'normally cheerful' Gilfach Goch pensioner wrote a note to his relatives outlining his intentions and was found dead on October 12 last year.

Neighbour Simon Evans told Glamorgan coroner Philip Walters at the hearing at Pontypridd County Court, that he found Mr Jones hanging from the attic of his semi-detached home in Llewellyn Street.

In a statement read to the court, Mr Evans said the deceased was usually cheerful and friendly despite suffering some problems with his knee.

But when he checked the house that day he found Mr Jones' note which explained his intentions - and asked for coal deliveries to be stopped.

Dr David Stock said death was due to hanging, but apart from an enlarged heart due to high blood pressure, and a slightly elevated level of prescribed anti-depressants, the post mortem revealed no other problems. A verdict of suicide was recorded.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 26, 2005
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