An inquest into Jon Lee's suicide hears the last details of the drummer's life...
FEEDER drummer JON LEE killed himself after warning his wife: “I’m going to do something stupid”.
Lee, 33, hanged himself with a metal dog chain from the rafters of his garage after pinning three notes to his shirt.
He had been having a “somewhat strained” relationship with his Brazilian model wife, Tatiana Englehart, according to an official inquest in Tredegar, South Wales.
Gwent Police Coroner’s officer Kenneth Le Provost told the hearing that he had made a desperate phone call to his wife from their Miami home before taking his own life.
He said the couple – who have a young son, Cameron – had been separated for a short time, although they had reconciled before his death on January 7.
Lee had made several telephone calls to his wife at work on that day, but was not always able to get through.
Mr Le Provost said: “On the last occasion, he said to her ‘You need to come home. I’m going to do something stupid.’ She didn’t place any great significance on this remark at the time.”
But when Tatiana arrived home at 7.15pm, she found her husband hanging from the rafters of his garage, with notes pinned to his shirt and placed on the hallway floor.
Coroner David Bowen returned a verdict that Jon Lee had killed himself while depressed. A post mortem examination in Miami had already revealed hanging as the cause of death.
More than 700 fans attended Jon’s funeral in Newport earlier this year. Bandmates Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose carried Lee’s metallic blue coffin into the church with his brother Andrew and some of his friends.
Grant and Taka are now working with replacement drummer, Mark Richardson from [url=]Skunk Anansie.
They make their official live return at August’s Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds – though a low-key warm-up gig is also rumoured to be on the cards.