A British gay doctor killed himself days after coming out to his mother, in which she responded by telling him to seek a ‘cure’ for his ‘illness’.
Dr Nazim Mahmood committed suicide by jumping naked from his luxury penthouse London apartment balcony and falling four storeys to the ground on 30 July.
St Pancras Coroners’ Court heard how the 34-year-old doctor told his mother he was in a 13-year relationship with a man, his fiancé Matthew Ogston, just days before his death.
The court heard how Mahmood had not come out of the closet to his family as he feared they would refuse to accept it on account of their Muslim culture.
When he returned to his family home to celebrate Eid, his mother asked him if he was gay.
‘She had suggested to him he needed to see a psychiatrist to see if he could be cured. Together I think they agreed they would get through it,’ Ogston told the inquest.
‘Telling someone they needed to be cured would not be the easiest thing to take.’
Mahmood, who ran a successful chain of botox clinics, took mephedrone and ketamine shortly before his death.
Coroner Mary Hassell ruled Mahmood committed suicide.
As reported by The Standard, she said: ‘It seems incredible that a young man with so much going for him could have taken his own life. But what I’ve heard is that he had one great sadness which was the difficulty his family had in accepting his sexuality.
‘It seems desperately sad that in 2014 a person should feel that they can’t be accepted because of the way that they live and I can only feel the deepest sympathy for Nazim that he felt so sad and desperate about this that he took his life.’
Mahmood’s family are believed to have not been present at the inquest.
Before running Face Clinic London, he worked in accident and emergency, HIV medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology and pediatrics. He was also a GP.
Ogston wept in court, insisting his ‘soulmate’ had given no indication of any intention to kill himself.
‘He always wanted to help other people, always put other people first and wanted to care for people,’ he said. ‘He was quite simply the most amazing man I’ll ever meet in my whole life.’
Every mainstream health organization in the world considers ‘gay cure’ therapy to not work and is damaging to a person’s physical and mental health.