AN ELECTRICIAN described as a ‘loving father’ took his own life after developing severe depression, an inquest heard.
James Holland, 60, was found dead at his home in Nightingale Close, Rowlands Castle, on March 16 last year.
An inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall heard he had taken a lethal amount of tramadol and methadone.
The hearing was told Mr Holland was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and it spiralled him into depression as he could not do the things he enjoyed, including working as an electrician.
His ex-wife Sarah Holland said: ‘It had been getting worse.
‘Mr Holland was always an exuberant, joyful person. He had always had drug problems. He was an ex-hippy hedonist.’
Coroner David Horsley concluded that Mr Holland took his own life while suffering from severe depression.
He added: ‘Obviously there was a lot of personality there behind it.
‘It must have pained him a lot to take that decision given the fact he loved his family.’
Mr Holland was known as Jim to many in Rowlands Castle and helped out with many community projects, including at the village fair.