A medical technician killed himself after being suspended from work after someone complained that he made a politically-incorrect joke about a black friend.
Roy Amor (61), who was devastated at the prospect of losing his job making prosthet- ics, shot himself in the head outside his house.
He was facing a disciplinary investigation after suggesting to a black colleague that he ‘better hide’ when they noticed immigration officers outside their clinic.
It is understood that the man was a close friend of Mr Amor and was not offended.
However, it was overheard by someone else who lodged a formal complaint.
Five days after his suspension, Mr Amor received an email about the incident from his employers, Opcare, a private company that provides prosthetics to the NHS. A few hours later police found his body outside his home near Bolton, Lancashire.
The black man, who is believed to have attended Mr Amor’s funeral, is said to be “shattered”.
His distraught family believe that what he intended as a light-hearted remark became overblown.
Mr Amor, a classic car enthusiast, was married to his wife Ann, a former nurse, for 39 years. The couple have a grown-up son and daughter.
Last night, Mrs Amor, who was not at home at the time of her husband’s death, was too upset to comment.