Suicide husband rigged up favourite song to play as wife found his body
Last updated at 10:05 AM on 10th June 2010
Dean Himsworth hanged himself in the home he shared with his estranged wife
A husband who hanged himself after his estranged wife started seeing another man rigged up his stereo so it would play their song when she walked in and found his body.
Dean Himsworth, aged 45, was found dead by wife, Vicki, at the home they had previously shared in Chapeltown, Sheffield.
A Sheffield inquest heard Dean sent her a long text message on the night of his death in January, and told her in a phone call: 'It's too late.'
He set up the stereo system in his former home to play Never Tear Us Apart as Vicki walked into the house.
The track – by band INXS, whose lead singer Michael Hutchence committed suicide by hanging in 1997 – was the couple's favourite song when they married in 1994.
The court heard the couple, who have two daughters, met in 1990 and married in 1994 but separated after drifting apart.
Dean, who worked with Vicki at Royal Mail as an assistant business partner, was living with his mother-in-law on City Road, Sheffield, before his death.
The court heard at New Year, a few weeks before his death Dean told Vicki he planned to kill himself and had been prescribed anti-depressants.
'He said I had broken his heart,' Vicki said.
In a statement read to the court, Vicki said she was at the pub with her new partner, Richard Baines, when she received a phone call and noticed Dean had sent her a text.
When she rang him back he answered and said 'It's too late, Vicki,' then hung up.
Vicki, who went straight to their home said: 'I remember opening the door and going into the front room. This triggered the sensor on the music system – he must have set this up to start playing.
Recording a verdict Dean took his own life, deputy coroner Judith Naylor said his death was a tragedy.
She said: 'Sadly the marital relationship had broken down, but remained for some time amicable – he seems not to have been able to cope with the thought of Mrs Himsworth seeing someone else.'