A man with serious mental health problems was found with a clear plastic bag around his head by two men out walking a dog, a coroners’ court heard.
Philip Cruickshank, a 44-year-old, divorced man, of Charles Street, Crosland Moor, died on August 11.
His body was found on an ants nest on a path near Ivy Street and Deep Lane.
Huddersfield Coroners’ Court heard Mr Cruickshank who was originally from Lincoln suffered from depression and had previously overdosed on his medication.
He also had a history of drinking to excess though a post mortem report revealed no alcohol in his body at the time of his death.
Outlining the background to the inquest Assistant Coroner Mary Burke said on August 2, Mr Cruickshank had taken an overdose of his medication which resulted in him receiving treatment at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
He was discharged and went back to his family but returned to Huddersfield on August 7.
He was last seen alive by a neighbour on August 10. Ms Burke read a statement by his next door neighbour Sarah Humphries saying he had lived at the address with his dog Paxo since March 2013.
She said: “I am quite friendly with him. He appears to be bit of a loner with only his dog for company. He told me he has been dependent on alcohol following a break down.
“He often had his curtains closed as he sometimes felt he couldn’t face the world.”
Consultant pathologist Dr Deirdre McKenna said the amount of medication drugs found in toxicological analysis was in the fatal/toxic range and would have been the immediate cause of death.
After hearing evidence from witnesses for several hours Ms Burke concluded that Mr Cruickshank had taken his own life.