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The Daily Mail
By Daily Mail Reporter
A club promoter threw himself under a train on the London Underground after missing out on a chance to appear on Big Brother, an inquest heard today.
Allister Logue, 55, made it to the final 80 hopefuls in contention for a place on Channel 4’s 11th and final series of the reality show but was not picked as one of the 14 housemates.
And just a month after he appeared as on the launch show of Big Brother on June 9, Mr Logue leapt to his death beneath the wheels of an oncoming Northern line train at Charing Cross underground station.
Belfast-born Mr Logue had once said of himself: ‘Someone once introduced me as someone whose life is like a freight train: You either jump out of the way or get in and enjoy the ride, if you can hang on that long!
‘And I’ve lived the kind of life that has been a journey and I decided that if it’s going to be a journey then I might as well have as much entertainment as possible on board, with the people that just kind of pass through my life.’
Viewers watching the launch show of the final series of Big Brother saw him standing in the crowd next to Caoimhe Guilfoyle in the lineup of 80 potential contestants but she was picked as one of the 14 housemates and Mr Logue was discarded.
He had worked as a hair and make-up artists alongside renowned photograher David Bailey in the 1970s and later moved to Ibiza where he became well known as a club promoter and DJ.
But he had returned to the UK from the Balearics last year and moved to the Lancashire village of Crawshawbooth, where was described as ‘down on his luck’.
An inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court heard that on the before his death on July 24, Mr Logue had stayed at a Salvation Army hostel in Trafalgar Square.
The following morning at around 8.45am he hurled himself into the path of a tube train at Charing Cross.
PC Steve Tucker of the British Transport Police said no CCTV evidence had been recovered, but it was believed that Mr Logue was alone on the platform in the moments leading up to his death.
He told the inquest: ‘As the train approached the station Mr Logue was seen to leap off the platform and directly into the path of the train.
‘The train driver immediately applied the emergency brakes but he was powerless to avoid striking him.’
Tragedy: Allister Logue, one of the 80 people who hoped to win a launch night place in the 11th series of Big Brother, killed himself this July
PC Tucker said that when Mr Logue’s body was recovered a suicide note and passport were discovered in his pocket.
Toxicology tests found no evidence of any drugs or alcohol except for traces of the anti-depressants he had been prescribed by his GP.
In a statement read to the court Dominic Wilson, who met Mr Logue in 2003, said: ‘For the last few weeks I have been in regular contact with Allister.
‘He was down on his luck and had nowhere to live and no money.
‘He was moving from friend’s house to friend’s house and being bailed out by goodwill.’
Mr Wilson said after Mr Logue’s death he had searched through several bags of clothing and discovered what were described as ‘draft suicide notes’.
Passing a verdict of suicide on Wednesday, Coroner Dr Paul Knapman said: ‘The deceased was apparently seen to jump andwe heard that for the driver there was nothing that he could have done.
‘It is clear that Mr Logue intended the consequences of his actions. He was on anti-depressants and he also had his passport and a suicide note.
‘It is a tragedy. It seems he decided to take his own life at the age of just 55 years old.’