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Dead man's final message

PUBLISHED: 11:27 04 February 2002 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 March 2010

AN inquest in to the death of Karl Ferrari, of Great Whip Street, Ipswich, heard how he had left a do not disturb sign on his door shortly before he was found dead.

AN inquest in to the death of Karl Ferrari, of Great Whip Street, Ipswich, heard how he had left a do not disturb sign on his door shortly before he was found dead.

Ipswich coroner, Peter Dean recorded an open verdict on the 29 year old and said Mr Ferrari died after taking an extremely high dosage of the prescribed painkiller dihydrocodeine.

He had been out with his friends and gone to bed at midnight on October 12 last year, hanging a 'Do Not Disturb Sign' on his door.

He was not seen for a few days so on October 15 his friend Andrew Chantry, with whom he shared a house, forced his way into Mr Ferrari's room. He was found lying on his bed.

Mr Chantry told the court: "The last time I saw him he was happy and high spirited and we had a good time.

"Some times he was open and some times he was secluded. He liked his own space but also liked going out with friends and having fun.

"We often didn't see him for a couple of days as he'd go off into his bedroom."

Mr Chantry added that his friend was being treated for depression, had mentioned self harm and had told him that he would not live to see the age of 30.

However, coroner Mr Dean said it could not be ruled out that Mr Ferrari had accidentally taken too many pills and therefore recorded an open verdict.

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