A FATHER-OF-FIVE hanged himself after taking a potentially fatal overdose of painkillers, an inquest heard.
Emyr Delwyn Roberts, 45, had a long history of depression brought on by medical problems, which prevented him from working, the inquest was told.
For many years he had experienced severe back pain and had his driving licence taken off him when he suffered a couple of fits.
Mr Roberts had also parted from his wife, Karen Roberts, three weeks before his death on December 10.
Despite the separation, he would meet his wife every day and there were hopes of them getting back together.
The night before his death Mr Roberts collected tablets for his wife because she wasn’t feeling well and he later phoned to say goodnight.
But the next morning he was found dead inside his house in Victoria Road, Brynteg, by his daughter’s boyfriend, Mr Shelly.
Mr Roberts sent them a final text message during the early hours, which they did not see until they woke.
Paramedics and police officers found a small box of tablets and a two-page suicide note near the body.
Pathologist Pauline Dowling’s post-mortem examination revealed there was no evidence of alcohol but a strong presence of painkillers in his body, a level greater than a potentially fatal overdose, but the cause of death was hanging.
Mrs Roberts told the inquest: “There was a lot of pressure in his life over the last five years, especially after losing his job.
“He would lock himself away and didn’t associate with anybody.”
Deputy coroner for North East Wales John Gittins recorded a verdict of suicide.