Devastated family ‘will never know’ why "happy-go-lucky" son took his own life

The heartbroken family of a man who took his own life will likely never know why he killed himself, an inquest heard.

Edward (Eddie) Lowe had split up from his girlfriend months before his death and his neighbours say he had become more reclusive.

But whatever drove to hang himself will probably never be known, StokeonTrentLive reports.

The "happy-go-lucky" 29-year-old roofer was found dead in a wooded area in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on January 30 this year.

Mr Lowe had last been seen alive just a couple of hours before his body was found.

He had left his flat in Longton on a push bike, the inquest heard.

Neighbour Andrew Beech, who spoke to him that day, said in a statement: “I said ‘ay up’ and he said ‘ay up’ back. His demeanour was normal.”

He described Mr Lowe as a well-known figure in the local area.

“Eddie always seemed to be out and about and was always busy doing things,” he added.

But he began to notice a change in his habits after summer last year. “He stopped going out as much. He started to live more in the back of his flat.”

Mr Lowe had also split up from his girlfriend months before his death.

The former St Thomas More Catholic Academy and Chesterton Community Sports College pupil had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a child. But as he grew up, he no longer needed medication.

GP records showed the only indication he had given of self-harm was seven years before he killed himself.

He had mentioned his low mood to someone at a job centre, who advised him to see his doctor.

He told the GP he just needed "space to sort out his life" and didn’t want any further help.

On January 30, a dog walker had been heading past the wooded area near Longton fire station when he spotted Mr Lowe’s body and alerted the emergency services.

The cause of death was later confirmed as hanging.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, North Staffordshire assistant coroner David James said: “We may simply never know why Eddie took his own life.”

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Lowe’s father Peter Lowe paid tribute to his son.

The 68-year-old, from Longton, said: “He was a character and would tell endless jokes. I couldn’t believe how many people were at is funeral. What a cracking crowd they were. They didn’t have a bad word to say about him.”

Some of Mr Lowe’s workmates had even taken a bottle of squash to the reception after the funeral.

They then poured out a glass for Mr Lowe, who had given up drinking alcohol some time before his death.

His step-mum Diane, 58, said: “He was just a bubbly person. You heard him before you saw him.”

Mr Lowe had also been a regular member at Caveman Training in Fenton. Following his death, fellow gym goers released balloons in his memory.

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