Proud Ex Marine & Celeb Bodyguard Ashley Nickless Found Hanged In Full Uniform Inquest Hears

Ex-Corporal Ashley Nickless, 31, worked for Spice Girl Mel B and the cast of Towie but struggled with PTSD from his time in the forces.

The proud soldier served in the marines for 10 years and say friends get killed in Afghanistan and was left with shrapnel in his arm.

Ashley was discharged in 2017 suffering from PTSD with symptoms including flashbacks, panic attacks, and nightmares.

The weapons specialist went on to work private security for celebrities and in maritime security in Africa.

In a statement, his family said at the hearing in North Wales: “Ashley was a very popular person with a lot of friends.

He was a cheeky chap and was held in high regard by the Royal Marines.

“He will be very sadly missed by us all.”

The hearing was told Ashley was found hanged at home in November last year.

He was wearing his full dress uniform and had three notes nearby as well as photos of his family.

The inquest was told he wrote about his problems with PTSD and thanked his family for their support.

Coroner Elizabeth Dudley-Jones said Ashley had intended to take his own life and recorded a conclusion of suicide.

She told his family. “This is a loss of a very good man.

“I just hope that you can all support each other going forward.”


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