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Manchester Evening News
By Amy Glendinning
His decomposing body was found by a friend who went to the shared house in Rusholme, where Vivek was living.
Despite not being seen for three days, flatmates at the house had not realised he was lying dead on his bed, an inquest heard. Vivek, a 22-year-old electronic engineering student at Manchester Metropolitan University, had killed himself at the house on Oxney Road.
A post-mortem was unable to determine exactly how long he had lain undiscovered, but his body had started to decompose when he was found.
The inquest heard Vivek, described as ‘kind and geeky’ by friends, had researched suicide methods and mental health problems online in the days before his death last June.
He had suffered depression and anxiety both as a teenager and in the months up to his death, becoming withdrawn and failing to attend his final year exams.
The alarm was raised when Vivek, originally from Middlesex, didn’t turn up to meet his family in London and friend Alex Faulkner was asked to go round and check on him.
Mr Faulkner, 22, who had known Vivek for three years, said: “I knocked on the door and it was opened by one of his housemates.
“He said he didn’t know if Vivek was in – he went to knock on his bedroom door and said there was no answer. I asked if it was ok to go and knock myself and there was no answer.
“When I opened the door Vivek was lying fully clothed on the bed and there was a gas canister on the floor.
“I was shocked, I thought he was probably dead but phoned an ambulance in case he was still alive.”
Paying tribute to his friend, Mr Faulkner added: “Vivek was very kind and geeky. He liked to fix other people’s computers and was interested in computer games. Everyone loved him.”
Manchester Coroners Court heard Vivek had shown no signs of stress or unhappiness in a phone call to his family days before his death.
He had previously taken antidepressants and undergone psychological therapy after suffering depression in previous years, but his family believed he had become more positive after changing his university course.
A referral from his GP in Middlesex to mental health services there the previous year had not been followed-up for several months, but when Vivek was contacted to ask if he still wanted an appointment he said he was too busy with his exams.
Coroner Nigel Meadows recorded a verdict that Vivek had taken his own life, with the causes of death asphyxiation and [gas] inhalation.
Mr Meadows said: “If he had shouted for help his family would have rallied around. I believe he had continued to suffer with untreated depression and I am satisfied that he intended to kill himself.
“If Vivek had any idea of the heartache and grief of those left behind I’m sure he may have thought again.”