An "incredibly talented" man who took his own life when he fell from a M6 bridge on Boxing Day could have been saved, an inquest heard.

The devastated family of David Fowler hit out at the treatment the musician received before he died, as a coroner found he was removed from a mental health section eight days before his death.

The 41-year-old's family said they were "shocked" to find out he had been taken off his section, with "no prior warning" to them.

Mr Fowler's family said they had "fought his whole life" to make sure he was receiving the right support for his mental health.

David Fowler was described as an amazing uncle

The facility that cared for Mr Fowler said it is working through recommendations from the Coroner.

Bolton Coroner's Court heard Mr Fowler, who grew up in Norris Green, died from multiple injuries after he fell from the motorway bridge with an intention to end his life, on December 26, 2018.

Assistant Coroner for Manchester West, Rachel Josephine Galloway, said Mr Fowler had a "significant history of mental illness" and did have issues with alcohol and drugs as a young man.

But in 2003, Mr Fowler suffered a significant brain injury after he was attacked and this "caused or seriously exacerbated a personality disorder".

David Fowler singing with his band, The Lane

In April 2017, Mr Fowler was detained under the mental health act and in the following years was cared for in different facilities.

In the months before his death, Mr Fowler was cared for at the Transitional Rehabilitation Unit, where he received "significant therapeutic input".

While here, although under section 3 of the mental health act, he would abscond from the facility and drink and take drugs.

Hitting out at the unit, Assistant Corner Galloway said an "inappropriate decision" was taken to remove Mr Fowler from his section.

She said: "As a result, David Fowler became a resident at Ashton Cross with no legal framework in place and with no community plan for his future.

"He left Ashton Cross on December 20 and was returned by police on December 23. He had consumed alcohol and drugs during this period and been arrested for a criminal offence.

"His behaviour was escalating, but the lack of legal framework meant the Transitional Rehabilitation Unit had limited control over him."

David Fowler with his brother and father

On Boxing Day, in 2018, he left Ashton Cross again, the inquest heard, and said he was going to place a bet on the races.

According to Jenny Fraser, the solicitor representing Mr Fowler's family, there was "no set time" for him to return.

One and a half hours later, he fell backwards from the bridge at junction 24 from the M6.

A photo David's father took of him fishing, as they often went on trips together

Good Samaritans had rushed to Mr Fowler's aid and tried to talk him down, Ms Fraser said.

A spokeswoman for the Transitional Rehabilitation Unit said: "TRU would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family, the Company continue to work through the recommendations from the Coroner."

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In a statement, Mr Fowler's family said: "We are absolutely devastated by David’s death. He was an incredibly talented musician, had an amazing sense of humour, made friends wherever he went and we loved him very much.

"As a family we fought so hard his whole life to get him the help that he needed, and finally thought that he had found this at TRU. We were shocked when we learned that David had been taken off his section, with no prior warning given to us.

"If we had known about this, we would have been taking action to find somewhere else for David, and made sure that he stayed safe. As it was, we felt powerless.

"It was heart breaking to hear the evidence of David’s Responsible Clinician during the inquest, as we thought he would be looking out for David, but we now know that he was not doing his job properly.

"We will never get over losing David, but feel that the inquest has brought him justice. Our hope is that no other family has to suffer in the way that we have, and that real change is made as an outcome of this.”

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Ms Fraser said: "It is so important that institutions like TRU take responsibility for their actions, and we hope that as an outcome of David’s inquest services at TRU will be made better for all those that they continue to serve.”

A conclusion of suicide was recorded at the inquest.