Dad cut wrist with knife — (News & Star)

SSRI Ed note: Man who had never indicated intent to harm himself, taking antidepressants and other meds, commits suicide. Coroner records open verdict.

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Published at 00:00, Tuesday, 23 December 2003

By Staff Reporter

A FATHER-of-five from Workington cut his wrist with a craft knife after taking a cocktail of painkillers and anti-depressants, an inquest heard.   Bernard Heron, 55, was found dead in the bedroom of his Roper Street home by his close friend Paul Shepherd.

Mr Heron, who had been married three times, was discovered slumped in his room with the knife in his hand in July this year. The inquest was told how the former labourer had moved back to Workington in 1993 after living in Leeds for several years.

Mr Shepherd told the coroner that Mr Heron had not shown any intention to harm himself, and that he was someone who enjoyed a chat and a couple of cans of beer.

A pathologist’s said that several kinds of painkillers and anti-depressants were found in his body on examination.

But a verdict of suicide was not recorded after Mr Shepherd added that Mr Heron could sometimes become disorientated if he took his prescribed medication in the wrong order.

An open verdict was recorded into his death.