Sussex student's friends desperately tried to contact him unaware he was dead in his room, inquest hears (From The Argus)
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Sussex student's friends desperately tried to contact him unaware he was dead in his room, inquest hears
A student's body went undiscovered in his university digs for more than two days as his flatmates frantically tried to contact him.
University of Sussex undergraduate Morgan Grant’s friends, including ex-girlfriend Louisa Holland, text and Facebook messaged the 20-year-old – not realising he had committed suicide.
Fellow Sussex student Louisa even contacted Morgan’s twin sister, Tansy, hoping he was with her.
Eventually she pushed open the door to his room in Norwich House, Falmer, Brighton – just feet from her own in university digs.
Before entering she called for Morgan’s next-door roommate and close pal, Daniel Kennedy, who saw their friend hanging.
A pathologist said the first-year undergraduate and charity worker who was the co-founder and project co-ordinator of V Project, which provides support and guidance to young people living in Lewes, had probably been dead for more than 48 hours.
He was found shortly after 8pm on April 12 this year. At an inquest into his death in Brighton yesterday coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley said he was likely to have died during the very early hours of April 10.
Earlier that night Morgan, whose family live in Lansdown Place, Lewes, had been out for a friend’s birthday in Brighton.
Tansy told the inquest friends said he had been drinking, but was not particularly drunk. A post-mortem found alcohol in his system, but he could still have legally driven.
Giving evidence at the inquest, Louisa – who had broken up with Morgan a few weeks before his death – said she became concerned about his whereabouts on the Wednesday, as they still saw each other every day.
She said in the weeks leading up to his death he had “been low”.
Daniel added: “He was happy all the time [but] occasionally would confide he was feeling quite low.
“But he was selfless and would rather ask how you were.”
His mother, who was not named, told the inquest she had “glimpses of” a “restless anxiety”.
Miss Hamilton-Deeley, describing Morgan as “extraordinary”, said: “His presence is still with you all.”
Recording a verdict of suicide, she added: “It was a decision he made.”
If you are thinking about suicide you should call the Samaritans support service on 08457 909090.
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