A FATHER-of-one from Blythe Bridge committed suicide in his van on a country lane, an inquest heard.
The inquest into the death of Kevin John Rigby, aged 39, of Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge, was held at North Staffordshire Coroners' Court in Hartshill on Monday, September 16, by Her Majesty's Coroner Ian Smith.
The court heard that Mr Rigby had a daughter from a former relationship and had been living with his parents, Howard and Thelma Rigby, at their home in Caverswall Road, shortly before he died.
It was believed Mr Rigby had become involved in drugs as a teenager and he had been receiving drug rehabilitation treatment.
Despite his drug problems, Mr Rigby had been working as a site engineer, but he had lost his job after the company he worked for went into liquidation.
Speaking during the inquest, Mr Rigby's mother Thelma Rigby said: "He was strong minded, clever, and intelligent; there was no way you could persuade him to do, or not to do something.
"Kevin only told us what he wanted us to know, he hid a lot of feelings from us; if he wanted to talk he would, if he didn't he just cut himself off.
"He saw his daughter every other weekend and would always be there if he could.
"His life seemed to go off the rails when he came back from Australia when he was 24 where he had visited his brother for 12 months.
"The world could have been his oyster if he put his mind to it, but he took the wrong road.
"He realised the mistakes he'd made, that's where his anger problems came in, because he was ashamed by what he did and how his life turned out."
Mrs Rigby told the court that her son had moved back in with his parents about 18 months before he died.
She added: "When he did talk he'd ask why me and his dad put up with him, but as his parents we always stood by him and loved him; the thing that hurts the most is that it wasn't enough, we weren't there at the end.
"He lost confidence in himself and felt the only thing he got right in his life was having his daughter, he idolised her and vice versa.
"He was taking drugs while he was living with us, but while he was at home he was safe, or we thought he was."
The court heard that a few weeks before his 39th birthday in August, 2012, Mr Rigby told his parents he was moving out to live in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
Mrs Rigby said the last time she saw and spoke with her son was on October 12, 2012, eight days before his body was found.
She said that he was in "one of his quiet moods" and "not his normal self" and had left the house at 3.50pm saying he was going to an appointment at the drug rehabilitation centre he attended.
Mr Rigby's body was discovered in the back of his van on Tick Hill Lane, by Tick Hill Quarry, in Dilhorne, on October 20, 2012, by police after they were alerted to it having been parked there for days.
The court heard that there were notes found in the van written to his family indicating his intentions to take his own life.
Police had also found drug paraphernalia outside the van and two used disposable barbecues inside the van and officers said that they were satisfied that there was no evidence of third party involvement.
A post mortem examination and toxicology report found cause of death was due to carbon monoxide poisoning and a fatal dose of heroin.