A retired chef, who had a long history of alcohol abuse, cut his own throat in his Newmarket flat.
The body of 71-year-old Frederick Andres was discovered by a friend at his home in The Pightle in Church Lane on May 18 this year. A kitchen knife was lying next to him.
At an inquest into his death held in Bury St Edmunds on Monday, Greater Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said Mr Andres had a long history of alcohol abuse,
The inquest heard that according to Mr Andres’ friends he was ‘generally the life and soul of the party’ but there were often problems when according to a friend’s statement “he got into the drink” and he also had issues with depression.
Dr Dean concluded that Mr Andres died from self inflicted injuries to his neck and that he had intended to take his own life.
“Looking at all the circumstances it does seem to be the case that Mr Andres understood and intended the consequences of his actions,” he said.
“Our thoughts are very much with all of those close to him in these very tragic circumstances.”