A SHEEPRIDGE man took his own life hours after telling his children that he loved them, an inquest heard.
Richard Copperwaite, of Ruskin Grove, was found hanging from a tree in woodland near Scott Vale in Sheepridge.
He was found alive but died at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary soon afterwards from severe brain damage.
The Huddersfield inquest heard that the 27-year-old had suffered from depression and mood changes before his death.
His sister Mary Richards said in a statement that just a month before he died, Mr Copperwaite’s friend had tried to hang himself, but he had saved his life. She said he was greatly upset by this and later told her he was feeling suicidal.
She said he had been upset after his former partner moved, taking their son with her. Mr Copperwaite also had a young daughter and he spoke to them both before he was found hanging.
Mrs Richards said: “He telephoned his son and daughter just before hanging himself; he told them he loved them.”
Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded that Mr Copperwaite took his own life.