Harry Corbett was found hanged on a cruise ship in May. The 19-year-old from Hordle, Hampshire was on a gap-year trip with friends.
They traveled to New Zealand and Australia before embarking to Southeast Asia. He was found dead when they were in Vietnam.
According to Corbett’s friend Mark Catley-Day, Corbett told him he was depressed and suffered from bipolar disorder.
‘He said he was bisexual and that had caused the depression and bipolar,’ Catley-Day stated.
Another friend, Rufus Wright, said Corbett started acting ‘pretty aggressive’. He then told his friends to ‘tell my mother I love her’ before leaving the room on the ship.
‘After about 10 minutes, I thought it would be a good idea to check on him. I didn’t see him immediately. I was looking at the deckchairs [on the top deck]. Then I looked up and saw a figure there,’ Wright told The Sun.
Coroner Grahame Short determined Corbett died as a result of the hanging but the evidence ‘does not explain whether he had the intention to take his own life’.
‘Respected and admired by all’
Corbett was head boy at Walhampton Prep School and then King’s Bruton. Further, he was also captain of the Rugby 1st XV, the first unbeaten side in King’s history.
‘He was respected and admired by all who knew him,’ said Head teacher Ian Wilmshurst.
He was planning to attend Swansea University.
King’s is now creating a memorial for Corbett.
Wilmshurst said: ‘We are liaising with Harry’s parents to arrange a fitting memorial to celebrate Harry’s life and his outstanding contribution to King’s Bruton.’