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Ex-husband of Celtic boss Rodgers' wife took his own life, coroner rules

By Bruce Thain

The ex-husband of football manager Brendan Rodgers' wife took his own life after writing a note saying "he couldn't go on", an inquest heard.

Steven Hind (35) was married to Charlotte Searle for 17 months and was found dead in a south west London hotel room in October last year.

The pair divorced in 2013 and had one daughter during their short marriage.

Ms Searle met Rodgers while she was working as Liverpool FC travel coordinator when he was manager at Anfield between 2012 and 2015.

The Northern Ireland man divorced Susan, his wife of 14 years in 2015 and married Ms Searle last year - just four months after he proposed in New York.

Ms Searle moved to Glasgow with her and Mr Hind's daughter after Rodgers (45) took over as manager of Celtic in 2016.

Mr Hind, from Southport, West Lancashire, was found dead in a hotel room in Surbiton, south west London, after failing to arrive at the financial company where he worked.

An inquest into his death at West London Coroner's Court heard police were called to The Bosco Hotel and had to force entry into the room on Friday, October 13.

A note was found next to the business development manager's body by officers and the inquest heard the medical cause of death was given as 'suspension'.

Coroner John Taylor said: "The police tell how they gained access to his room where they found him and the note.

"There was also a bag on he floor, they found his wallet and they found the note from him, saying he couldn't go on."

His two brothers and aunt were at the inquest for the short hearing this morning.

Referring to correspondence from Mr Hinds family, the coroner said: "He had a close family upbringing.

"He is described as friendly, polite and generous, and very much a family man. He would spend time with his family, especially his daughter.

"He was outgoing and had many friends.

"He was speaking about Christmas and New Year plans with his daughter in the 24 hours before his death."

In the month before his death, Mr Hind had also been looking into getting counselling with the charity Relate, the inquest heard.

The coroner told the family police found the room was secure and locked from the inside and officers had concluded the death was non-suspicious.

The corner said: "The most recent evidence of his intention was the note found in his room, in which he said he could not go on.

"I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt he intended that act he did would take his own life, as in fact it did.

"He saw Relate on September 12. There were discussions. They felt individual relationship counselling might be helpful for him, however he decided not to go at that time.

"My conclusion is that he did take his own life in that hotel room."

The corner thanked the members of the family for attending the hearing and said: "I wish to extend my condolences on your very sad loss."

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