A TAUNTON man who suffered from depression and low mood took his own life after sending a heartfelt text message to his sister, an inquest heard.

Aaron Larcombe, 29 from Taunton, was found dead on August 24 in a wood near Corkscrew Lane in Wellington that he and his sister used to play in as children.

Senior Coroner, Tony Williams read a statement from Mr Larcombe’s father, Michael Larcombe explaining that his son had struggled with depression on and off for about four years and had made previous suicide attempts which resulted in hospital admissions.

Mr Larcombe went missing after leaving his father’s home on August 23 and sent a final text message to sister, Gemma Larcombe.

The message said “I’m sorry and I love you”, before he was found dead in a field near Taunton Hockey Club.

The coroner also heard a touching statement from Gemma Larcombe in which she described her brother as her “best friend”.

Miss Larcombe was alerted to Aaron being in a bad state of mind after she received a worrying text message from her brother on August 23.

Her statement went on stating that Mr Larcombe had been in an on-and-off relationship with a woman and said the relationship had not been good for him.

At the inquest, Miss Larcombe said: “I knew where he would be.

“I told the police I would come and search with them.

“Only he and I knew the field because we used to play there and build treehouses as children.”

When news of Mr Larcombe’s disappearance broke, Avon and Somerset police officer PC McCall visited his ex-girlfriend’s property to see if Mr Larcombe had gone there.

The coroner heard a statement from Mr Larcombe’s GP, Dr Stuart Baker, which explained that Mr Larcombe had been prescribed Amitriptyline for his depression and that Mr Larcombe had a prolonged history of low mood, depression and suicidal thoughts.

In September 2012 Mr Larcombe made an attempt to end his life and tried to hang himself.

Dr Baker recounted in his statement that Mr Larcombe had been discharged from mental health services in 2013 after not attending appointments.

Post mortem examinations revealed that Mr Larcombe had prescribed drugs in his system when he died but they were at normal levels.

The coroner concluded that Mr Larcombe had died on or around August 24 and cause of death was hanging.

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