A founding member of the pop band Stage 42 who stop the music business due to psychological well being points and moved to Devon took his personal life, a coroner has concluded.
Guitarist Rowland “Boon” Gould, 64, was discovered useless at a good friend’s dwelling in Uffculme, Devon, on 30 April this 12 months.
He had beforehand been identified with bipolar dysfunction and advised docs he had suffered from melancholy all his life, the inquest in Exeter was advised.
The assistant Devon coroner Deborah Archer described Gould as a gifted and much-loved musician. However she stated: “Boon had a troublesome and sophisticated historical past, which I discover adversely affected his psychological well being.
“He had coped with these points typically with out being utterly open and trustworthy with household and associates concerning the diploma of struggling that he was going by.”
The coroner stated Gould tried various kinds of remedy however didn’t discover something that persistently labored for him.
She stated this was doubtless as a consequence of his “want to not hassle others and the deep-seated nature of his issues, coupled with an inclination to self-medicate”.
Gould’s spouse, Moira, stated her husband had been “open” about his psychological well being issues throughout their 17-year marriage. “He talked about how exhausting it was to be him,” she advised the inquest. “He had fixed voices in his head. He had a continuing inner battle.” His spouse described Gould as clever, modest and caring however eccentric and enjoyable.
Dr Clare Matthews, his household physician, stated Gould had a protracted historical past of psychological well being issues and alcoholism. The inquest heard Gould advised docs he consumed a bottle or half a bottle of whisky per day.
“He grew to become a profitable guitarist and led a life-style characterised as heavy ingesting, cocaine drug abuse and psychological well being issues, which in the end led to him retiring from the music enterprise within the 1990s,” Matthews stated. “He retired to maneuver to Devon for a quieter life.”
Det Sgt Lucy Skinner, of Devon and Cornwall police, stated Boon was final seen alive shopping for whisky and coke from a neighborhood store on 27 April, three days earlier than his physique was discovered.
The inquest heard that within the 12 months earlier than he died, he grew to become agitated at being requested to do jury service. He brought about injury on the household dwelling and disappeared, sparking a police search.
A publish mortem concluded he died from hanging and there was a small quantity of alcohol in his system.
Charles Dixon, a psychiatrist, stated Gould suffered temper swings all his grownup life however that at occasions he felt invincible and would write songs in the midst of the night time.
After his dying, Gould’s brother and band member, Phil Gould, wrote that his coronary heart was “past damaged”. The Stage 42 vocalist Mark King described Gould as a “expensive good friend and brother”.
The coroner concluded Gould had taken his personal life.