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Hero dad died of broken heart after son's suicide

Roger Crouch, who won an award for his anti-bullying work, found hanging 18 months after his son's suicide

Hero dad died of broken heart after son's suicide

An award-winning campaigner against anti-gay bullying, Roger Crouch, was found hanging in his garage, 18 months after his teenage son committed suicide, an inquest heard.

Crouch, 55, was discovered by his wife, Paola, at their home in Gloucestershire, UK on 28 November.

His death came a matter of a few weeks after he was named Hero of the Year by leading British gay campaign organisation, Stonewall, at a ceremony in London.

The hearing at Gloucestershire Coroner's Court on Monday (5 December) was opened and adjourned after the cause of death was confirmed by post-mortem examination.

Mr Crouch's anti-bullying work began after his 15-year-old son, Dominic, jumped to his death from a six-storey building near his school in May last year.

The teenager left a note saying he was the victim of homophobic bullying at his school following a game in which he accepted a dare to kiss another boy.

Widow Paola has said her husband died of a 'broken heart', having never recovered from their son's death.

Deputy Gloucestershire coroner David Dooley adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.


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