Sui­cide stu­dent lay dead on his bed ‘for days’

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A STU­DENT lay dead in his bed­room for days when house­mates didn’t re­alise he had killed him­self, an in­quest heard.

Vivek Ajit Shah, 22, was later found when a friend went to the shared house, in the Rusholme area of Manch­ester, af­ter be­ing alerted by his fam­ily.

The Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent killed him­self us­ing helium gas.

A post-mortem was un­able to de­ter­mine ex­actly how long he had lain undis­cov­ered, but his body had started to de­com­pose.

The in­quest at Manch­ester Coroners’ Court heard that Vivek, de­scribed as ‘kind and geeky’ by univer­sity friends, had re­searched men­tal health prob­lems on­line in the days be­fore his death last June.

He had suf­fered de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety as a teenager and in the months up to his death, be­com­ing with­drawn and fail­ing to at­tend his fi­nal year ex­ams.

Coro­ner Nigel Mead­ows recorded a ver­dict that Vivek had taken his own life, with the causes of death as­phyx­i­a­tion and helium in­hala­tion.

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