Footballer, 25, hanged himself after his 'recreational' cocaine use triggered breakdown, inquest told

A FOOTBALLER hanged himself after his ''recreational'' cocaine use triggered a severe mental breakdown, an inquest heard.

Nathan Coyne, 25, who worked as a coach for a charity run by former Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, began taking the drug socially in 2018 but he suffered severe bouts of depression as a result of his "come downs."

Last December Nathan, who had split up with girlfriend, was found hanged in his bedroom at the home he shared with his sister after referring himself to his GP over his habit.

Tests showed traced of cocaine and alcohol in his system.

The hearing was told the father of one had played for a number of amateur league sides across Bolton, Greater Manchester and taught young under- privileged children how to play football while volunteering for Bolton Wanderers Community Trust.

He also worked as a barber, an assistant site manager for a construction company and at a factory making blinds and curtains.

In a statement his mother Tracey Coyne said: ''My son was in good health. He was very sociable and enjoyed working and going out.

"However I was aware he took cocaine socially and at some stage, the cocaine took over, and I was worried that it was getting out of hand.

“The cocaine made him depressed however Nathan seemed to get matters under control. He would then occasionally relapse and on occasion would binge.

"He got depressed and think it was because of the cocaine and I thought it was because he was coming down from the cocaine.

“He wasn’t worried about work. In fact he loved his job and he loved his son.

"He attempted to deal with matters via his GP but the doctors were very bad at dealing with young people and their mental health and was just fobbed off with pills. There was nothing to say he was going to do anything.''

Nathan's friend Grant Bramhall said a statement: ''The night before he died I witnessed Nathan taking cocaine and vodka.

"He had talked to me about committing suicide and we would talk to each other openly about these feelings.

''Nathan Coyne was taking more cocaine recently because he was depressed. He was upset about his current girlfriend moving out. He was experiencing relationship problems.

“He was dutiful and loving father and very much looked forward to having contact with his four-year-old son.

"He was particularly affected by the Covid situation. He was very sociable. I texted him later that night asking him how he was and Nathan replied: 'Good brother'."

Nathan's GP Dr Mubushar Ali said: ''In 2018 Nathan had reported a history of low mood and motivation and thoughts of self-harm. He also admitted to abusing cocaine and said a breakdown led to his current mental health.

“He was referred for an appointment with the mental health team and was prescribed a two-week dose of anti-depressant medication.

But he confirmed to the doctor that he still felt the same and was then referred to a mental health practitioner.

''He said he experienced low mood after the death of his grandmother and said he hadn’t had the opportunity to grieve properly.

"A friend had also hung himself 12 months ago. He said he had started taking cocaine on a daily basis and was drinking large quantities of alcohol and smoking cannabis.

“He was referred to the assessment team. Significantly, he had said that the drugs and alcohol were making him feel worse, not better.

"A series of appointments were made for his anxiety and low mood, with a telephone follow ups.

"He had a further prescription of antidepressant medication with a follow up in two weeks’ time but there was no interaction with him from July 2019.”

Kirsten Griffiths, team manager of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said: “In September 2019 Mr Coyne referred himself for help and support for an issue with misuse of cocaine.

''He was suffering from depression, but he wasn’t being prescribed anything by his GP at the time.

"He indicated that he had attempted to take his own life previously by hanging.


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"He was invited to a group session but there was no attendance.''

Natha's sister Carla who works at a care home told police she came home from a night shift at 8am and was concerned he had not got up.

She went into his bedroom to wake him up only to find him hanged.

The hearing was told he had texted his partner the previous night and said he wanted her to come back and live with him.

His girlfriend who was not named said he had “been better” when his she asked him how he was and she thought he seemed fine.

Recording a conclusion of suicide coroner Timothy Brennand said: ''This was not a cry for help.

"His actions have spoken louder than any note that he might have left.

''Having had a close friend, and significantly, other family members suffer a similar fate, it may well be that the deceased was either fixated or in some way pre-occupied with suicide, and in particular, death by hanging.

"It is tragic for his life and family that he did not make better use of the help that was offered to him.”

At the time of Nathan's death a former teammate from Lostock-based CMB FC captain Will Archer said: ''Nathan Coyne was a beautiful footballer and a precious talent.

"His smile brightened up the changing room and clubhouse and it was a pleasure to have him here.''

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