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<i>The Bill</i> actor, Colin Tarrant,  took his own life his inquest has heard
The Bill actor, Colin Tarrant, took his own life his inquest has heard
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Depressed actor committed suicide


A television actor took his own life after becoming depressed at being unable to sell his home, an inquest has been told.

Colin Tarrant, who played Inspector Andrew Monroe in ITV's The Bill for more than a decade, found out the sale of his London house had fallen through for a second time a day before he attempted suicide.

The 59-year-old was found by his partner in the bathroom of his home in the Hotwells area of Bristol on the morning of January 25.

The father of two had suffered a number of knife wounds, the inquest in Flax Bourton, near Bristol, was told.

Tarrant was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary but died the following day.

The hearing heard that the actor had been trying without success to sell his former home in London.

On January 24 he visited his GP with his partner Sabrina Morris because he had been feeling depressed about his financial problems.

"On January 24 Mr Tarrant attended his GP," said Detective Constable Adam Smith in a statement read to the court.

"Mr Tarrant had not been sleeping and according to Sabrina Morris had become extreme in his behaviour.

"Miss Morris was unable to reason with him and according to Miss Morris, Mr Tarrant had become unwilling to listen to advice on how to deal with the difficulties he was experiencing in selling a property.

"Mr Tarrant was given sleeping tablets and anti-depressants by his doctor.

"As Mr Tarrant left the surgery he received a telephone call informing him that the sale of his property had fallen through for a second time."

The inquest heard that his GP, Dr Nicholas Ring, had found he was suffering from moderately severe depression.

"He was very negative about the chances of selling the property," Dr Ring said in a statement read to the court.

"His partner was very supportive and indicated that their circumstances would be solved when the property was sold.

"I specifically asked him if he had thoughts of suicide but he indicated that although he felt desperate at times he would not consider suicide because of his partner and child," Dr Ring said.

The GP added that he wanted to see Mr Tarrant again in a couple of weeks for a follow-up appointment.

The following morning Morris, who was the mother of Tarrant's young son Louis, heard him downstairs and then heard him climb the stairs, enter the bathroom and shut the door.

"An amount of time passed and Miss Morris thought she could hear Mr Tarrant crying and so went to the bathroom to investigate," Det Con Smith said.

She found him with several knife wounds and immediately called for an ambulance.

Morris told police the knife her partner had used had been taken from the kitchen.

Det Con Smith, who investigated Tarrant's death, confirmed in his statement that there was no third party involvement and the incident was treated as non-suspicious.

"The police conclusion is that Mr Tarrant died from his injuries which were self-inflicted," the officer said.

A post mortem examination found the actor had died from complications caused by multiple stab wounds.

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