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Inquest into death of actor Richard Gent records suicide verdict

7 April 2014

ARTICLE FROM THE STAGE: http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2014/04/inquest-death-actor-richard-gent-records-suicide-verdict/

Richard Gent

An inquest into the death of the young actor Richard Gent has concluded that he committed suicide.

Coroner Andrew Walker recorded that Gent, who was 27, had killed himself against a background of serious depressive illness.

His family doctor, Benjamin Bromilow, gave evidence at last week’s inquest that Gent was anxious and distressed about his financial situation.

The inquest heard that, if he were forced to apply for social security benefits, Gent felt he would have had no motivation to live. He left a note saying: “I have gone as far as I can.”

Gent, who was 27, had appeared in Casualty, Russell T Davies’ sci-fi series Torchwood, and the BBC3 comedy drama series, Being Human. Between jobs, he worked at a call centre in Acton.

He disappeared in 2012 after cancelling plans to meet friends in London. His body was found fifteen months later in woodland near his home in West Hampstead.

His family set up a scholarship in his name at the Rondo theatre in Bath, where he had worked.

Comment from the branch:
Richard grew up around Bath and was a former Bath Spa University student. He had also worked at the Rondo Theatre.
Our thoughts are with Richard's family and friends at this difficult time.
This tragic case highlights the vulnerability of many in our profession, and re-affirms the necessity for our union to provide greater support for members who are suffering from depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.
This is the contention of our branch's motion to Equity's 2014 ARC. More details of our motion can be found here:http://www.equity.org.uk/branches/bristol-west-general-branch/news/our-branch-s-motion-to-the-2014-arc/
We hope that it will receive the support of all the representatives who attend the conference in May.

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