A man messaged saying "I love you all" before being hit by a train in Cardiff, an inquest has heard.
Michael Clarke, 61, died from significant injuries after being hit at Heath High Level in Cardiff.
At an inquest into Mr Clarke's death held at Pontypridd Coroners' Court on Wednesday the hearing was told that on July 13 last year British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to the station after reports that a man had been seen on the track. A man was later confirmed to have died and Mr Clarke was identified by BTP officers using his fingerprints.
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Mr Clarke was originally from Chester but was living in the Hayes Apartments in the centre of Cardiff at the time of his death.
At the hearing coroner David Regan, said he had received a post-mortem report from pathologist Dr Thomas Hockey who gave a medical cause of death as significant head and neck injuries.
Toxicology results also revealed alcohol and prescribed medication were detected in Mr Clarke's system but not at levels associated with fatality.
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At the inquest a statement was read on behalf of Mr Clarke's sister, Helen Roberts, who said her brother had separated from his wife during May of last year.
In the statement she said: "He spent a couple of weeks living with my husband and I. I last saw him on the day of his death at about 8.15am. He was quite cheery even though he was going to a dentist appointment later that day."
The inquest heard Ms Roberts spoke to him after the appointment and he told her he would see her the following day.
The statement provided by Ms Roberts continued: "I saw no evidence of him trying to end his life. He was eating regularly and well and enjoyed being with us."
A statement was also read on behalf of Mr Clarke's former wife, Sandy Clarke, who confirmed they had separated before he passed away. The last message she had received from Mr Clarke read: "I love you all".
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Records from Mr Clarke's GP told he was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1965 and had also been treated for depression since 2011 which he was prescribed medication for. During his last clinical assessment Mr Clarke was said to have identified as having a low mood and anxiety.
When Mr Clarke was struck, the hearing was told, the train driver raised the alarm straightaway. It was said there was nothing the driver could have done to stop the train hitting Mr Clarke.
Following the incident the police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
In a statement provided to the coroner police constable Alex Turner said the body was still at the scene when he was called to the area but described it as being "decapitated".
After hearing all the evidence the coroner accepted the medical cause of death provided by the pathologist.
Mr Regan said he had heard evidence that Mr Clarke was seen kneeling by the track and said he must have seen the train approaching.
He told the court: "I'm satisfied that Mr Clarke's death was a result of suicide and that's the conclusion."
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