A COME Dine With Me contestant was found dead in his bedroom by his brother next to two suicide notes, an inquest has heard.

Nicholas Blything, 36,died on June 15 last year at his home in Chester.

The Channel 4 programme paid tribute to the contest in November leaving viewers "devastated".

Now an inquest has revealed that the star took his own life – and how he was discovered by his brother.

Detective Sergeant Paul Davies said: "It was Richard who found him and provided police with the formal identification."

He told how two suicide notes were found at the scene and that had been suffering from mental health problems for a while.


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Nicholas was sectioned under the Mental Health Act two months before his death, report The Mirror.

He had told a friend that he "might as well throw himself off a cliff".

But after recieving treatment his family said he was "improving" and was no longer a danger to himself.

A statement from his brother Richard was read at the inquest.

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It read: "In the days before he passed away, he was very buoyant.

"He collected the dog from his parents, collected plants for his garden, had been mowing his lawn, cleaning his home, sorting out his food shop, said he had a good weekend and that he was going to catch up with him (Richard) in the week."

Coroner Claire Welch said of his death: "The statement from his brother confirms that he was making plans for the future.

“However, he apologised to his family and friends that everything had become ‘too much for him to bear’.

“From the notes he left, it is evident that he did intend to take his own life.”

You’re Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
  • Movember, www.uk.movember.com
  • Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm

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