A FATHER-OF-THREE died after hanging himself with a metal dog chain, an inquest has heard.
Ian Wood, who unofficially changed his name to Martin James eight years ago, was found dead at a house in Plummer Road, Newhall, on January 20.
The 41-year-old, who lived in Bells End Road, Walton, suffered with a string of mental and physical illnesses including manic depression, a high count of blood platelets, and psychosis, along with an alcohol addiction.
Derby and South Derbyshire's assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless heard how Mr Wood, who had previously tried to commit suicide on several occasions in the last four years, had been drinking throughout the day and seemed upbeat until his mood started deteriorating towards the evening.
He told his acquaintances he wanted to take the dog for a walk but was found not long after in a bedroom, kneeling down with the lead around his neck and the leather handle tied around the bed post.
PC Bateman, from Swadlincote Police Station, said in evidence: "Mr Wood had a number of problems and only eight months ago tried taking his own life by slashing his wrists.
"The chain was very tight around his neck and it was difficult to cut him out.
"In the toxology report we found his liver was remarkably cirrhotic and pale and he had alcoholic liver disease.
"There is no evidence of a suicide note, no other person was involved, and there were no suspicious circumstances.
"He was a really good guy, he just had problems that weren't easy to fix. Having mental health problems is not like breaking your arm; it is much deeper than that.
"Deep down I know he loved me and he was my world. He is and always will be in my heart. I will just try and remember the good times now."