Nathan Coyne’s family paid tribute to the father of one after his inquest in Bolton Coroner’s court ruled that he committed suicide. His family said he was deeply affected by the Covid-19 lockdown and breakup of a relationship
Family and friends have shared their heartbreak after the devastating death of a young father struggling with his mental health.
Nathan Coyne, 25, was found dead after an ‘episodic’ battle with depression, cocaine use and thoughts of self-harm, Bolton Coroners Court heard.
Mr. Coyne was described as social, hardworking and talented by people in his hometown of Breightmet, Bolton.
He studied construction at Bolton College and played football for several local clubs.
He also enjoyed a close relationship with his four-year-old son.
An inquest into Mr. Coyne’s death ruled that he died by suicide.
His family paid an emotional tribute to their son at the end of the proceedings.
Mr. Coyne’s father, Martin, told the Manchester Evening News: ‘He was nice, especially with his son Teddy, whom he often spoiled. He had more than one group of friends, which proved his popularity.
“Growing up, he spent many holidays with us as a family, with many fond memories. He loved football and played at a good amateur level. Nathan and I often watched football together on TV, especially England and the Champions League – where we laughed and scolded a few times.
“He also excelled at tennis and at a club where I was coached, but unfortunately he was unable to live up to his potential due to a recurring arm injury.”
Mr. Coyne said his son’s favorite movies were Gladiator and Saving Private Ryan, while he also loved watching The Lion King with Teddy. ‘
Mr. Coyne continued, “He was and will always be the much-loved son of me and Tracey, little brother to Carla and Natasha, and big brother to Lydia – not to mention a fantastic father to Teddy.”
The inquest heard that the 25-year-old father suffered from anxiety and depression for several years and was deeply affected by the deaths of a friend and an aunt who both ended their lives.
At the time of his death, Mr. Coyne had sought help for his depression and cocaine use
He also found it very difficult to end a relationship with his ex-partner, although he and his ex worked together to make sure their child was raised the right way.
His investigation also found that his mental health was affected by the ongoing coronavirus blockage and the breakdown of another relationship. He also used cocaine on a social basis.
He had told his doctor in September 2018 that he had ‘fleeting thoughts of self-harm and suicide’.
His mother Tracey told the inquest: ‘Nathan was a hard worker, he could turn his hand on anything.
‘He was very social, enjoyed drinking and hanging out with his friends. We knew he was on social cocaine. He would binge and things got out of hand.
‘Sometimes he got depressed and in a bad mood, I knew it was the cocaine, I thought it was because he was coming down.
‘He wasn’t worried about his job, he loved his son, he didn’t have any money problems that we knew about. As far as I could tell, he was happy. ‘
At the time of his death, Mr. Coyne had sought help for his depression and drug use.
But according to Ms. Coyne, “Covid-19 made it even more difficult. It had a huge effect on Nathan. ‘
His body was found by his sister Carla Richardson on December 5, 2020.
In the hours before his death, he had played cards with his friend Grant Bramhall. Mr. Coyne had also used and drank cocaine.
Mr Bramhall said: ‘Nathan was in a very gloomy mood and I knew his history of depression. But he didn’t want to go back to the doctor to take any more antidepressants because he said it made him feel worse and not better.
He was outspoken about arguments he had with his girlfriend and relationship issues. He was particularly affected by Covid-19’s limitations because he was a very social person.
“But he was a thoughtful, loving father who was looking forward to having a meaningful relationship with his four-year-old son.”
An investigation was launched and police reported that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
A post-mortem study was conducted and found that his system had ‘recreational levels’ of cocaine and alcohol ‘below the legal drink-driving limit’.
The findings led to pathologist Dr. Patrick Waugh giving a medical cause of death from hanging.
Coroner Timothy Brennand concluded the inquest by saying, “Nathan had an episodic history of depression, depression and anxiety that was treated conservatively within the community.
While there was no note of his specific intent, with the deceased’s actions being suicidal thoughts from history, it appears that this was not just a deliberate act, but also a deliberate act.
He was clearly bothered by domestic developments that led to a bad mood. He had recently been drinking cocaine and alcohol, so it’s also possible that the drop in stimulant effects may have affected what came in this case.
“In the throes of a depressive episode, his actions speak louder than any note he would have left.”
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