A HUDDERSFIELD man killed himself after secretly running up gambling debts on the internet.
Jonathan Stead, of Hague House Hill at Lindley Moor, died on November 25 last year, a Huddersfield inquest was told.
Mr Stead, 34, was discovered hanging from the loft hatch at his home by his mother and stepfather when they returned home from a holiday.
Mr Stead had lived with the couple before moving out to live with his girlfriend two years ago.
However, after six months this arrangement did not work and he moved back home.
He said he had money problems, but after selling the house he and his girlfriend shared, seemed to have solved them.
However, an inquest at Huddersfield on Wednesday heard that he had developed an interest in gambling.
He would devise gambling systems and played blackjack on internet gambling sites.
His parents were unaware that this was causing him financial trouble.
They went to Portugal to visit Mr Stead's sister, who lives there.
When they returned home at 4pm on November 25, they discovered Mr Stead's body.
They later found out that he had contacted his sister in Portugal through the internet during the early hours of that morning and had told her about his financial problems.
A post-mortem showed he had drunk the equivalent of seven pints of beer and showed the cause of death was hanging.
Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded a verdict that Mr Stead killed himself.