Yeovil Town Football Club Captain Lee Collins was addicted to booze and class A drugs coroner hears.
Yeovil Town captain Lee Collins who hung himself at the Lane’s Hotel in West Coker, was addicted to booze and drugs a Taunton coroner heard today as well as recently split up with the mother of his children.
As well as the drink and drugs, he was also a gambling addict.
Toxicology tests revealed alcohol and cocaine in Mr Collins’ system when he was found after missing training at the Somerset club.
In a statement to the inquest, his partner Rachel Gibbon said Mr Collins, from Newport, South Wales, was a “gentle giant, the kindest most generous man you could have met”, but there were two sides to his “very complex character”.
“I begged him to get help, but he would get aggressive, verbally aggressive,” Ms Gibbon’s statement said. “I could not have physically dragged him to the doctors. He did not want help.”
Ms Gibbon said her partner was “the joker, the class clown”, but he was also “insecure and anxious” with an addictive personality.
Mr Collins would drink six bottles of cider and two bottles of wine a day and had begun drinking spirits too, her statement continued.
“For the last 10 years, he would drink every single day, strong cider.
Senior Somerset coroner Tony Williams recorded a conclusion of suicide.