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Northern Ireland Big Brother hopeful killed himself after rebuff

A Northern Ireland Big Brother hopeful threw himself under a Tube train in London just weeks after losing out on the chance to appear in the hit Reality TV show, an inquest has heard.

Allister Logue (55) was among the final 80 potential contestants for the Channel Four programme's series on June 9.

Viewers saw him standing in the crowd next to Caoimhe Guilfoyle, but she was picked as one of the 14 housemates and Mr Logue was discarded.

Westminster Coroner's Court heard how Mr Logue leapt to his death on July 24 beneath the wheels of an oncoming Northern line train at Charing Cross underground station.

Belfast-born Mr Logue spent much of the 1970s working as a hair and make-up artist alongside world-famous photographer David Bailey.

In recent years he moved to Ibiza, where he became a well-known figure on the club scene as a promoter and DJ.

But Mr Logue had been prescribed anti-depressants and was described by a friend as “down on his luck” after returning to the UK penniless last year.

The court was told that Mr Logue had made a failed attempt to get into the Big Brother house just weeks before his death.

In a statement read to the court, Dominic Wilson, who met Mr Logue in 2003, said: “For the last few weeks of his life I was in regular contact with Allister. He was down on his luck and had nowhere to live and no money.

“He was moving from friend's house to friend's house and being bailed out by goodwill.”

Mr Wilson said the night before his death Mr Logue had stayed at a Salvation Army hostel in Trafalgar Square. The following day at around 8.45am he hurled himself into the path of a Tube train at Charing Cross.

Mr Wilson said after Mr Logue's death he had searched through several bags of clothing and discovered what were described as “draft suicide notes”.

PC Steve Tucker of the British Transport Police said no CCTV evidence had been recovered, but it was believed that Mr Logue was alone on the platform in the moments leading up to his death.

He said: “As the train approached the station Mr Logue was seen to leap off the platform and directly into the path of the train. The train driver immediately applied the emergency brakes but he was powerless to avoid striking him.”

PC Tucker said that when Mr Logue's body was recovered a suicide note and passport were discovered in his pocket.

Toxicology tests found no evidence of drugs or alcohol, except for traces of anti-depressants he had been prescribed by his GP.

Coroner Dr Paul Knapman said: “The deceased was apparently seen to jump and we heard that for the driver there was nothing that he could have done.

“It is clear that Mr Logue intended the consequences of his actions. He was on anti-depressants and he also had his passport and a suicide note.

“It is a tragedy. It seems he decided to take his own life at the age of just 55 years old.”

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

Belfast Telegraph