A CAMERAMAN who spent more than 30 years working for Coronation Street died as a result of suicide, an inquest heard today.
Glyn Pattison, 64, died at his home in Bolton on May 21 last year when the country was still in lockdown.
An inquest into his death at Bolton Coroner's Court on Tuesday heard that Pattison had suffered a number of personal difficulties which had contributed to his "increasingly low mood" leading up to his death, Manchester Evening News reports.
Pattison died just ten days after his 64th birthday.
The 64-year-old had been furloughed from his job when the pandemic hit last March.
The inquest heard that Pattison had a series of financial concerns regarding a newly-purchased caravan that had been "static" on his driveway because of the pandemic.
Pattison's son Ross told the inquest that his father had no history of mental difficulties but that he had noticed a change in his dad months prior to his death.
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“When the lockdown hit, you could really notice a difference in the way he looked,” Ross said.
"You could tell there was a lot going on in his mind – he had lost a lot of weight and he looked like he had aged about ten years.
“He thought the world was coming to an end because of the lockdown.
“But he was still laughing and joking around. I remember we had a socially distanced meeting outside and I had brought him a corona beer as a joke.”
On May 18, Pattison was rushed to hospital after a "serious attempt to end his life".
During his time in hospital he was assessed by two clinicians, Dr Arun Kallat and Dr Razia Hussain.
Dr Kallat told the inquest that Pattison had demonstrated a low mood and was expressed concerns over his new motorhome and money.
The next day, Dr Hussain had a "lengthy" discussion with Pattison about his mental health.
If he had a bit more time, he might have been able to get to grips with how he was feeling."
On May 20, Pattison was discharged from hospital and taken back home.
The next day Pattison was found by his long-time friend Mark Davies unresponsive and without a pulse in his Bolton home.
“None of us felt he should have been left alone,” Davies said.
“I don’t understand why, without consulting any of the family, he was discharged.
“If he had a bit more time, he might have been able to get to grips with how he was feeling.”
His cause of death was concluded as "suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed", MEN reported.
Speaking after the inquest Pattison's son said: "It's been a really tough year for the family.
"It was an unnecessary death and there were some failings from the mental health team.
"We don't want to get anyone in trouble but we want to prevent further deaths and make sure these things don't happen again."
At the time of his death actors from Corrie left their condolences to the Pattison family.
Tina O'Brien, who plays Sarah Platt, left a comment alongside a donation to the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably which read: "A true gentleman, he’ll be missed on the cobbles.
"All my love to you and your family Laura."
Kym Marsh, who played Michelle on the show for 13 years, wrote: "Glyn was a lovely man. So kind and always so sweet.
"He will be missed so very much by so many people."
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