A STUDENT who hanged himself in Stratford-upon-Avon after GlobalGathering was "acting out of character", possibly because of drugs, an inquest has found.
Jon Coward, aged 20 from Merseyside, was found dead in the bushes off Summerton Way, the footpath behind Evesham Place, on the Monday after the festival.
At an inquest into his death on Friday, Warwickshire’s Senior Coroner Sean McGovern said: “I am satisfied he did not intend to take his own life and was acting out of character, possibly related to his earlier drug use.”
Mr Coward, who was a student at Liverpool John Moores University, hanged himself from a tree after running away from his friends at Stratford train station on Sunday.
According to them, he was showing signs of paranoia as they prepared to catch the train home to Liverpool.
His mother Lin, who attended the inquest with Jon’s father Gary, wants her son’s death to serve as a warning to others.
“This is a terrible tragedy,” she said. “We want everyone young and old to understand the potentially devastating consequences of taking mind-altering drugs.”
Mr McGovern recorded an open verdict for Mr Coward’s death.
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