Will Young says caring for troubled twin brother 'became too much' before he fell to his death from a bridge

SINGER Will Young today told an inquest how caring for his "suicidal" twin brother had "become too much" before his tragic death.

Rupert Young, 41, jumped to his death from a bridge in central London following years of battling with mental health and addiction, the hearing was told.



The tragedy came just days after Rupert was found walking along the same bridge where he was talked down by emergency workers and taken to A&E.

His body was found with a hospital tag in the Thames on August 2 this year.

Will, who was thrust into the spotlight after winning Pop Idol in 2002, attended his brother's inquest alongside his mother today at Poplar Coroners Court in East London.

He described himself as his brother's carer before it "became too much" and he left the room when the Coroner read heartbreaking evidence of the day his brother died.

'BECAME TOO MUCH'

Speaking at the inquest, Will said: "I was a carer for him, but it became too much.

"He could not look after himself and I did not believe he could look after his own life.

"I feel it is difficult for me. I am someone who is pretty in control over my emotional well-being.

"I am a functional adult. I have done a lot of work on myself."

The Young family's barrister said Rupert had managed to discharge himself from hospital, and that the family have concerns over systemic failings in his care.

However, hospital bosses deny any failings and say Rupert absconded.

He could not look after himself and I did not believe he could look after his own life."

The Coroner heard Rupert had an ongoing problem with alcohol and painkiller addiction which improved when he was around animals, dogs and horses in particular.

A toxicologist report showed he had alcohol in his system at the time of his death of which medical cause was given as immersion.

For decades, Rupert battled with his mental health, including depression and PTSD, and made many suicide threats and attempts, the inquest heard.

Will added: "Rupert struggled with depression and anxiety, I would say for 20 years.

"Over that time, more times than I can think of, there have been suicide attempts or suicide ideation.

"Most of the time if it was threatening to jump off my roof, threatening to jump off a bridge, having a noose around his neck, having a knife – it would be a cry for help.

TRAGEDY

"There were few times actually that he had gone full, full, full through with it."

Around a week before the tragedy, Will reported his brother to the police as a trespasser and Rupert was removed from the house.

He had lived with Will on and off for three years and had no other support system or friends, it was said.

Will also asked hospital staff to cut communication ties with his brother during his recovery.

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost – to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes. And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet, it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun has launched the You're Not Alone campaign. To remind anyone facing a tough time, grappling with mental illness or feeling like there's nowhere left to turn, that there is hope.

For a list of support services available, please see the Where To Get Help box below

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, over the course of this week, we will tell you the stories of brave survivors, relatives left behind, heroic Good Samaritans – and share tips from mental health experts.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others. You're Not Alone.

He added: "I was not then there. For my own protection, for my own well-being, emotional well-being, I stayed around the corner and rang the police.

"I reported him as a trespasser."

Will recalled there were few occasions when his twin brother went through with threats to jump off a bridge and that help was almost always there.

In the three weeks leading up to his death, Rupert had been drinking up to 30 cans of beer per day, the inquest heard.

He had also broken up with his girlfriend, was removed from his brother's house and did not have any friends to support him, it was said.

The inquest continues.


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