Exmouth father committed suicide, inquest found

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 May 2013

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An Exmouth man left a goodbye message on Facebook before committing suicide, an inquest heard.

An Exmouth father-of-two who had suffered from depression was found hanged at his home after leaving a goodbye message on Facebook.

Damion ‘Billy’ Pearson was declared dead at his Parrys Farm Close house on September 26 last year, aged 27.

Two days before he died, keen musician Mr Pearson, who ‘could be up and down’, told his partner Janay Natta he intended to commit suicide.

Ms Natta said: “Work was weighing on him – he wanted to better himself.

“He wanted to make life better for his family and his girls.”

Roofer Mr Pearson, a former Exmouth Community College student and Hillcrest School pupil, took his own life while staying alone at his house, as Ms Natta and their daughter were staying with her family.

He was found by his sister, Zoe Pearson, who alerted friends and family after seeing his message on Facebook.

Ms Pearson said there had been no cause for concern when she last saw him, at a family meal, and he was ‘in a good place’ emotionally.

His sister added that he would use drink and drugs ‘to escape’, but the inquest found Mr Pearson was clean of any tested substances.

Andrew Cox, the deputy coroner for Devon, recorded a verdict of suicide, saying: “Alcohol nor drugs played a material role in his death.

“He took his own life and intended to do it. There was an element of planning and forethought.”

Tributes from friends in September 2012 said ‘Exmouth stood still’ when news broke of ‘cheeky chappy’ Mr Pearson’s death.

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