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Heartbroken mum, 55, hanged herself to ‘reunite’ with drowned horse rider son, 26, before husband, 53, killed in crash – The Sun

A HEARTBROKEN mum hanged herself to "reunite" with her 26-year-old son – just five months before her husband was killed in a crash.

Faith Done, 55, was left devastated after her horse rider son Alastair drowned himself in Scotland in January.

And in another twist, Faith's husband Nick was killed in a car crash in October while on his way to work in a tragic ten months for the family.

An inquest heard how Alastair had travelled to Scotland on a one-way train ticket on January 4 as he texted "I'm gone, no one contact me".

He was ultimately found on the shoreline of Balmedie Beach, with a coroner ruling he died by suicide.

His death left mum Faith devastated – with an inquest hearing how she told husband Nick they should take an overdose of pills together to be "reunited".

In a statement read to the Warrington hearing, Mr Done, a farmer's labourer, said: "Faith had always drank alcohol but when Alastair died she started drinking a lot more. Before he passed away she was normally a happy person. His death hit us all hard, especially Faith."

He said she had spoken of hanging herself, but he never thought she would.

In the statement, the dad said: "The month before she passed away we had a conversation about taking a lot of pills and going to sleep together due to Alastair taking his own life and she said she wanted to be with him."

It wasn't until he got home after work that he found her body in the hallway of the family's home in Malpas, Cheshire.

The family then found her possessions laid out on her bed, including notes and clothes.

A mental health nurse also told the inquest Faith had been feeling "numb".


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A report by Mrs Done's GP, Dr Nick Dixon said the mother had said she had been struggling to deal with her son's death.

The inquest heard the family's tragedy compounded last month when Nick tragically was killed in a crash on October 2.

He was killed instantly when his BMW Mini collided head-on with a Volkswagen Caddy on the A525 Whitchurch Road in Bangor-on-Dee at 5am.

Another person was seriously injured after both vehicles caught fire on impact.

Andrew, Nick's son, wrote a devastating tribute to his "hero".

He wrote on social media: ''Words can't describe the way I feel right know, my heart is broken my world has been ripped from me.

"I love you Dad and I really hope there is a heaven where you can be with mum and Alastair.''

An inquest into Nick's death will be held at a later date.

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