Maureen and their two children noticed a slow transformation in Webster’s mental health – he became “paranoid and neurotic.” He became more reluctant to join his wife for morning coffee as the days passed. (Related: Long coronavirus lockdowns causing people’s mental health to rapidly DETERIORATE.)
On the night before he died, the family held a socially distanced meal together – with James reassuring them his thinking “was getting clearer” and he “would be out tomorrow.” Maureen discovered her husband’s body the following morning, alongside a long and detailed letter revealing his struggles before taking his own life.
Almost a month after Webster took his own life, 83-year-old Dennis Ward committed suicide after a long period of self-isolation for fear that he would catch the virus. Ward’s grandson James Parnaby described his grandfather as “the life and soul at family parties” and spoke of how he loved betting on race horses and entertaining people with stories. Parnaby urged people to pick up the phone, speak to their relatives or any vulnerable persons and find out how they are doing.Former police chief stricken with COVID-19 kills himself to protect family from coronavirus – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD