Woman found dead at Seaford

A woman who had ‘consistent’ problems with osteoporosis was found hanged in her bedroom by her husband of 49 years, an inquest at Eastbourne heard.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 4:28 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 1:11 pm

The inquest heard Doreen Alsworth, 73, from Elgin Gardens in Seaford, died on November 1 after struggling with osteoporosis and the anxieties which stemmed from it.

Mrs Alsworth’s husband Michael said in a statement the couple slept in separate bedrooms and at 10pm Mrs Alsworth left him to go to bed on October 31.

Mr Alsworth said when he woke up the next day he thought about taking a cup of tea to his wife but did not want to disturb her because she was ‘having difficulties’.

When he checked on his wife later, he could not see her in bed. He said he then went to the far side of the room where he discovered Mrs Alsworth dead and immediately called for an ambulance.

DS Hansen told the inquest Mr Alsworth said he did not realise his wife’s osteoporosis affected her ‘to this extent’.

DS Hansen said, “Her husband told me she had been dealing with this pain and that it ‘must have all got too much’.”

The inquest heard Mrs Allsworth did not mention she was low in mood or had thoughts of self harm in the days before her death.

Assistant coroner James Healey-Pratt said, “Mrs Alsworth intended to take her own life.”

The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide.

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