A FATHER of two, who became "uncharacteristically" depressed, took his own life by suffocating himself at home, an inquest has found.
Brian Haworth, of Lawson Street, Crawshawbooth, was found with insulation tape wrapped around his mouth and face, by his wife Yvonne, who said her husband's mood had deteriorated as he thought that on-going problems with his knees and back would lead to him losing his job.
Mrs Haworth said: "He had a lot of problems with his back, joints and knees and had undergone several operations. I think it was probably arthritis from all the bending down he used to do when he was a plumber."
Mr Howarth had been working with the prison service in Manchester for 20 years. His contract was renewed annually and he was said to have been "incredibly happy" after learning he was to be kept on for another year.
The 56-year-old had been taking pain killers including Tramadol and paracetamol for some time but it did not seem to be easing the pain.
Mrs Haworth added: "He returned home from work one lunch time because of problems with his back. We made an appointment with the doctor and he was given a four-week sick note. This is when he started to change because I think he had got it into his head he would be letting his work down after recently being kept on.
"It was like a switch had been flicked. He asked me to take all his medication away because he said he couldn't cope and was frightened he might do something. This was not the type of thing he would say, it was just so unlike him. He just seemed like he was a different man."
Doctors later prescribed Mr Haworth with anti-depressants.
Mrs Haworth explained how she woke one morning to find her husband lying on the settee with layers of green insulation tape covering his mouth and face.
Consultant pathologist Dr Abdul Al-Dawoud, who carried out the post-mortem examination, told the hearing Mr Haworth died of asphyxia.
Recording a verdict of suicide, East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said: "I am sure beyond all doubt he intended to take his own life."