The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent government blockage have been tough for many people over the past year. Page Six reported this weekend that a 26-year-old actor – who worked alongside Idris Elba Luther – hanged himself for pandemic-induced unemployment among other alleged personal reasons.
A report from The Sun in the UK says that Westlake messaged his girlfriend several times before committing suicide. In other words, he threatened to kill himself a number of times before finally doing it in June 2020.
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Westlake reportedly struggled a lot during the 2020 national lockdown in the UK. In addition, his romantic relationship was not doing well because of the long distance. Westlake had already attempted suicide in April, and did not do so until two months later.
According to The Sun’s report, Westlake contacted his girlfriend the night before he committed suicide, threatened to do it, and then he did it the next morning. The Sun says Westlake was found dead from asphyxiation and that there was a lot of THC in his body as a result of his heavy cannabis habit.
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As for his past with mental health issues, the report says that Westlake had tried to get therapy for child abuse, but specialists didn’t want to deal with it because they wanted to choose to deal with his drug and alcohol abuse first.
Michael Walsh, the assistant coroner, said in the report that Mr. Westlake was 26 years old at the time of his untimely death, and had a history of substance abuse problems, depression and anxiety. As for his substance abuse, he had a serious drinking and cannabis problem.
The report says he used the substances as a “coping mechanism.” Plus, it says, Luke found it challenging to fight back against stressful situations related to his personal relationships and work. Moreover, it was not uncommon for him to threaten self-harm.
On the other hand, Westlake attended one of the top drama schools in the UK and also appeared in Luther. Westlake also worked on the BBC dramas, No offense, and Doctors.