Tributes have been paid to a "wonderful" woman who died aged 38.

An inquest into the death of Annabelle Delicata, known as Anna, took place at Woodvale Coroner's Court in Brighton this week.

It heard that Anna, who lived in Hove, had been on a Buddhist retreat in Thailand over Christmas after her husband asked for a divorce. The 38-year-old had not been seen for more than a week before she was found.

The inquest heard Anna had a history of mental illness and two failed suicide attempts.

She contacted her psychiatrist on January 8 requesting an appointment for the next day.

Coroner Gareth Jones said there was no sign of anybody else being involved in Anna's death and ruled that her death was a suicide.

He recorded her death as January 18 at home.

A family spokesman said she would be "Missed beyond words by the Delicata family, her father, James Cartland, and her many friends."


"Anna enjoyed painting, choir singing, sewing and gardening and grew vegetables at home," her ex-husband David Delicata said.

In an online tribute, her mother-in-law Rita Delicata wrote: "You were such a wonderful person, full of love and respect, and was so very talented.

"I will miss you and love you always.

"Never forgotten, forever in our hearts.

"Rest in Peace sweetheart xxxx"