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Coroner delivers verdict in Take Me Out contestant’s death

Charlie Watkins took his own life

The coroner in the case of a Take Me Out contestant’s tragic death, has confirmed Charlie Watkins took his own life.

Charlie appeared on the dating show after being unable to find the love of his life during his three years at university.

He got a date on Take Me Out, but before the show aired in April of this year he hanged himself.

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Charlie went on Take Me Out earlier this year (Credit: ITV)

The 22-year-old was left devastated after his mum died when he was just nine-years-old, and then his grandparents and auntie passed away within a five year period.

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Charlie was found hanged in his bedroom but North Yorkshire Coroner Rob Turnbull said that he had left no suicide note

Mr Turnbull called Charlie a “popular young man” and that his life ended in a “sad set of circumstances”.

In his report on Charlie’s death he said: “Charlie was witty, charming and a considerate young man – that is what people thought of him.”

Charlie had a twin brother called Harry who said he was surprised to hear that his brother was still battling with grieving for their mother.

After the hearing on his brother’s death Harry said: “I didn’t know he was still struggling with our mother’s death.

He got a date on the show and seemed happy (Credit: ITV)

“I also noticed some laceration marks on his arm about a year ago when we went to the gym, but he just told me to mind my own business.

“We thought he had got better.”

After Charlie’s death the episode of Take Me Out that he featured in was aired with the family’s consent.

The show’s host Paddy McGuinness tweeted at the time: “Tonight’s Take Me Out is in memory of Charlie. A fantastic lad who I’m sure will be greatly missed by his wonderful friends and family. RIP.”

Shortly after, the episode of Charlie’s date with Jo-Tara was also aired and all seemed to be going well with the pair.

A month before he died Charlie had lost his job at a chocolate museum after he took some days off to film Take Me Out when he was still on his probationary period at the company.

His housemate Swabir Abdul Rahmam told the inquest: “He really loved his job at the chocolate factory – he was happy.

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His date with Jo-Tara went well (Credit: ITV)

“But when he went to go film for the Take Me Out TV programme, he lost his job – they terminated his contract.

“He then had nothing to do apart from stay around the house and play on the XBOX and Playstation.”

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He added: “He would have spent that time at work.”

He also said that in general he thought Charlie “was cheerful and happy” in the time leading up to his death.

Friends and family told the inquest that in the past Charlie had self-harmed and taken anti-depressants.

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