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Published: 6 Apr 2013
A GRANDFATHER hanged himself in his son’s Bracknell home because he did not want to go back to India, an inquest heard.
Mangatram Sharma, 71, had been staying with his family in the UK for four months but was anxious about returning to his native land to live on his own.
While his son Ashish was out for the day, Mr Sharma hanged himself in the bathroom of the family home, leaving a note explaining how much he had enjoyed his stay but that he could not live alone in India with all of the “depression and diseases”.
His body was found by Ashish at his home in Avebury, Great Hollands, on October 11 last year.
“He was to go back to India, everything was sorted, he had his ticket and he was to go back,” said Ashish at an inquest at Windsor Guildhall last Thursday. “He wasn’t very happy to go back; he enjoyed his time here.”
Ashish added his father had suffered bouts of depression for several years and had been taking a low doseage of anti-depressants.
Mr Sharma’s wife had died when Ashish was a boy and he had never remarried.
Ashish said: “He was alone, he had been living alone in India. He didn’t want to live alone.”
Mr Sharma was due to spend time with his daughters, who live in Canada and India, but he was concerned about the travelling.
A post mortem revealed the cause of death was asphyxia caused by hanging but also that Mr Sharma had severe narrowing of his coronary artery. Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford said: “I would almost describe him as a walking heart attack, which is an awful irony.”
He recorded a verdict that Mr Sharma took his own life while suffering from depression.