Man sent goodbye text before taking his own life

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A 35-YEAR-OLD man sent a goodbye text to his parents before jumping from Beachy Head after drinking a bottle of whiskey.

Steven Hall travelled from his home in Hampshire to take his life at the notorious suicide spot.

He was found dead at the foot of cliffs on February 6 last year and an inquest into his death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday (February 10).

Coroner Alan Craze was told Mr Hall was very drunk at the time of his death and his family said he was not used to drinking large amounts.

An empty bottle of whiskey was found at the edge of Beachy Head.

Mr Hall had suffered from a minor health problem and had some family issues but did not appear to be suicidal.

Amy Hall, who had been married to him since May, said they had a good relationship and added, “He was kind and gentle.

“He enjoyed fishing, football and spending time with his family.”

She told the coroner he had no connection with Eastbourne and had no reason to travel to Sussex.

His father, Peter Hall, explained his son made contact shortly before his death.

He said the phone call and a text message concerned him and when he tried to call his son back he could not get through.

Mrs Hall added, “It was completely out of character.”

Alan Craze said the telephone call to his parents had made him sure Mr Hall intended to take his life at that time.

Mr Craze recorded a verdict of suicide whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed.