A 20-year-old man was so distraught after his grandmother's death he took his own life, an inquest has heard.
“Hardworking” young man Levi Edwards was found hanged after struggling to cope, the hearing in Wales was told.
He was found dead at the home he shared with his grandfather on September 1 last year.
The inquest, held at Swansea Civic Centre today, heard Mr Edwards was “extremely close” to his grandmother.
Following her death he “struggled to sleep” and suffered with anxiety and depression the hearing was told, reports Wales Online.
The former Pentrehafod School pupil lived with his grandparents from an early age following his parents’ separation, which also resulted in him temporarily losing contact with his dad.
After leaving school Mr Edwards began work as a supervision attendant before securing a job cleaning trains.
In more recent years he regained contact with his father, Russell Kennedy, and the pair formed a “close relationship” where Mr Edwards would visit him regularly.
Following the death of his grandmother in September 2018 Mr Edwards, who was described as “healthy” and “active”, was prescribed sleeping tablets.
The inquest heard in February 2019 Mr Edwards made his way to the top of a car park but he contacted the police who later escorted him to Cefn Coed Hospital.
Shortly after Mr Edwards went to visit his father at home and told him that he was “sorry and not thinking straight”. Mr Kennedy then lost his father and during the difficult time referred to his son “his rock”.
Eight months later Mr Edwards began seeing a counsellor, which continued until around six weeks before his death. His family described him as being “fine” and “laughing and joking” at the time, although he did mention that he was “still missing his nan very much”.
On August 31 he played football at the Plough and Harrow and went to his father’s house to pick up a hard hat and hi-vis jacket as he was due to start a new dry-lining job.
The following day he woke up and told his grandfather, Duncan Edwards, he felt sick.
Mr Edwards booked a table for him and his grandson to have Sunday lunch, but while there the 20-year-old was unable to eat anything and after returning home went back up to his room.
PC O’Brian, from South Wales Police, told the inquest: “His grandfather went up through the evening to see how he was but had plans to go to a pub quiz, which he regularly did, and left at around 8.55pm.
“At around 11.50pm he made his way home and did not see the note Levi had left on the inside door and walked in to see Levi hanging.
“At 11.51pm a call was received from his grandfather. A handwritten note on an envelope read: ‘Don’t come in. Phone the police. I’m sorry’.
“At 12.03am on Monday, September 2, the ambulance attended and declared life extinct.
“The incident was reviewed and deemed not to be suspicious.”
A post-mortem examination showed Mr Edwards, from Brynhyfyrd, had suffered ligature abrasion as well as bruising and grazing around his neck while a toxicology report found “a level of cocaine in the blood”.
Assistant coroner for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Aled Gruffydd said Mr Edwards had previously been prescribed medication for his depression and anxiety and also for his problems sleeping.
Mr Gruffydd told the inquest Mr Edwards first presented symptoms of anxiety and depression to his GP in 2018.
He said: “He admitted to binge-drinking and the use of cocaine. In January 2019 the surgery received a call from a family member reporting him as suicidal as the night before he took himself to the top of a multi-storey car park.
“His main problem at the time was poor sleep. In April 2019 he presented ongoing symptoms of low mood and anxiety brought on by the death of his grandmother and Russell’s father and he reported increased use of alcohol and cocaine. He had been undertaking private counselling.”
Recording a conclusion of suicide, Mr Gruffydd said that the death of his grandmother “had a profound impact on him” as Levi had previously stated “he did not want to be here anymore”.
The assistant coroner added: “He did have one previous incident where suicide was contemplated and he did have a history with antidepressants and did take cocaine which can result in anxiety, depression and an absence of pleasure and ability to experience it.
“His grandfather’s habits on a Sunday were quite clockwork so he would know when he was coming back.
“This was a deliberate attempt to take his own life.”
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