(Daily Mail) – A financial adviser who drowned himself after lockdown destroyed his business of 30 years left a heartbreaking note to his family saying ‘Covid-19 got me’. Nick Gunnell was described as a ‘hidden victim’ of the virus after he killed himself in the River Ouse in York, an inquest at The Old Courtroom in Northallerton was told.


The 55-year-old left a note for loved ones on June 30 expressing his regret and apologizing, without saying what he planned to do, assistant coroner John Broadbridge said. The coronavirus lockdown had caused his financial advice business problems and he had been suffering from anxiety and sleeping problems, the coroner said reading evidence.


A father to a grown-up daughter and stepdaughter, he was last seen on CCTV going down to the riverside by Scarborough Bridge, near York city center, shortly after 1 pm on June 30. After six-day police and public search, a kayaker found his body in the river 150 meters upstream from the bridge.

A post mortem concluded Mr. Gunnell, from Holgate Road, York, had drowned, and Mr. Broadbridge recorded a finding of suicide. The inquest heard that before coronavirus, Mr. Gunnell had told his wife, Jayne, that 2020 was going to be ‘their year’. He was preparing to sell his business and they were planning a tour of the Greek islands. READ MORE

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