Man, 80, ended chronic anxiety with overdose

A 80-YEAR-OLD man took a lethal dose of a sleeping tablet after writing a suicide note and leaving out his will.

Philip Pritchard, of Enys Road, was found with a plastic bag over his head by a builder who was carrying out work at his home on September 27, 2010.

An inquest into his death was held at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday (February 17).

Coroner Alan Craze was told Mr Pritchard was a taking various medication and took a mixed drug overdose because he wanted to end his life.

He had suffered from chronic anxiety for many years and his GP Dr Miller said, “I think the burden of his chronic anxiety had finally defeated him.”

His son Mark Pritchard, who was on holiday when Mr Pritchard was found dead, said he thought his father’s short stay in hospital and worries over a neighbour dispute had been a catalyst.

Keith Lewis, the builder who found the body, said Mr Pritchard was ‘down in the dumps and fed up with life’.

He arrived at the house to continue work at 8am on September 27 and the door of Mr Pritchard’s home was left open.

Mr Lewis said it was usual for the door to be left open because he would go into the flat to use the toilet.

He called out to Mr Pritchard as usual on that morning but there was no answer. He then found Mr Pritchard in the lounge.

There was an envelope addressed to Mr Lewis which contained a cheque for the building work.

Mr Craze recorded and verdict of suicide.