A dad-of-three who wrote a string of heartbreaking goodbye texts took his own life after battling with alcohol and mental health problems.

The body of Kane Watkins, 33, was found by a dog-walker under a bridge on Queen's Avenue, in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

An inquest heard he had hanged himself on November 19 last year, StokeonTrentLive reports.

The inquest heard that he sent a number of text messages in the days leading up to his death saying he intended to take his own life.

He also posted a picture of a noose and a bottle of vodka on Facebook.

On November 3 he wrote: "I’m going to end my life."

An inquest heard Kane had hanged himself on November 19 last year

The following day he sent heartbreaking messages saying, "No-one can help me," and "Too much, I can’t cope no more".

On November 18 he sent a message which simply read, "Goodbye" and that evening sent another which said, "I’m ready to go tonight".

The inquest heard Kane's body was discovered at 5.45am on November 19.

Police were called to the scene and Kane, who lived locally, was identified. Tests showed he had alcohol in his system as well as cocaine and a therapeutic level of diazepam.

Police at the scene following the tragic death

Assistant coroner Margaret Jones concluded that Kane’s death was suicide.

She said: “Kane had been abusing alcohol for a long time. Drugs did not seem to be a great part of his life, but it’s clear he had taken both alcohol and drugs.

“It may be that they made Kane behave in a way that he would not otherwise have done. However, he had a history of depression and self-harm. He appeared to lead a chaotic lifestyle.

"He had sent text messages indicating his intent to end his own life.”

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