Heartbroken sister's tribute to 'amazing one-of-a-kind' man after tragic death aged 35

A heartbroken woman has paid tribute to her brother as an "amazing one-of-a kind man" who loved motorbikes, music and making people laugh.

Paul Dominic Parker, 35, who was found dead at his flat in Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge, in November 2023, was described by his sister Sasha as 'geeky and cute' and a person who would tell great jokes. Halifax-born Paul had trained as a mechanic and was said by Sasha to be very intelligent and witty.

However, Sasha said Paul appeared to be reclusive and something of a loner and would "bottle everything inside" and was not one to share his thoughts.

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An inquest into Paul's death heard that he had suffered from Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, and had previously had surgery.

Several months before his death, Paul's GP had given him a 'sick note' from work after he had reported mental health problems. And in June, a Human Resources worker had visited his home after he had failed to turn up for work.

He was said to be remorseful and explained he had been drinking the night before and had thought he had booked the following day as a holiday. The inquest was told that Paul had been given a final notice for rent arrears and a final written warning from work due to his absences.

His sister said she believed Paul was 'reaching out' and, following his death, she was critical of the company's actions which had left her feeling 'angry and upset'.

On November 15, 2023, emergency services attended Paul's flat and tragically found him dead. The cause of death was hanging. West Yorkshire Police found no suspicious circumstances.

Toxicology tests showed that Paul had consumed a large amount of alcohol prior to his death and there was evidence of recent cocaine use.

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Assistant coroner Angela Brocklehurst concluded that Paul had died due to an act of suicide. The coroner told Sasha, who was present in court, that she was sorry for her loss.

"I know that the pain is great and I am sorry. He was your brother and you loved him," she said.

Sasha, who attended the inquest hearing in an Andy's Man Club - 'It's okay to talk' hoodie, said: "He was amazing - one of a kind."

She said Paul was a 'brilliant guy' and did not deserve what happened to him. She said a large number of motorcycle enthusiasts had attended Paul's funeral in his honour.

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