Mum found hanged had 'severe grief reaction'

A HEARTBROKEN mother killed herself a year after the death of her daughter.

Marlene Myers, 57, was suffering from depression when she hanged herself at home on St Mary’s View, Badsworth on September 23 last year, Wakefield coroner David Hinchliff heard. Paramedics pronounced the mother-of-three dead at the scene just after 4.30pm.

In a statement read out in court, her husband John Myers said their daughter had died in tragic circumstances in September 2004, and Mrs Myers had become depressed after the inquest in April last year. She had taken two overdoses in the months before her death, and had seen a councillor the morning before she killed herself.

Blood tests found Mrs Myers had also taken an overdose of anti-depressants. The post mortem gave both hanging and overdose as the causes of death.

Mr Hinchliff said: “Mrs Myers never got over losing her daughter and it seems she’d gone into a depressive episode and was suffering from a severe grief reaction. Despite medical assistance she couldn’t overcome that and clearly that is what caused her to take the action that she did.”

He recorded a verdict of suicide.