Published: 19:00, 09 January 2018 |
Updated: 14:54, 10 January 2018
The suicide of a man just weeks after his daughter died on train tracks was not linked to the railway tragedy, an inquest has been told.
Paul Butters, 37, was found dead at home in Wellington Crescent, Ramsgate on August 27 - one month after 16-year-old Tayiah Peebles was tragically electrocuted on railway tracks near Herne Bay.
An inquest heard, the talented musician was already taking medication for depression before Taiyah died.
Mr Butters had not seen the former Hartsdown Academy pupil since she was four years old following the breakdown of the relationship his former partner, Hayley Peebles.
He had many friends in Ramsgate and was one of five children.
In a statement, read by assistant coroner James Dillion, his mother Cassandra Powell, said her son was highly intelligent and musically gifted but struggled with maintaining close relationships.
She said: "He had lots of girlfriends but struggled to keep them; he may have had autism.[...] He was very close to his sister; when he was living at home he was a mother's boy and his sisters looked after him."
Tributes poured in following the death of Mr Butters and there was a fundraiser held at the Ravensgate Arms to raise money for mental health charities.
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