Tragic Mark Speight left two suicide notes
Children’s TV presenter Mark Speight left two suicide notes, an inquest revealed today.
It heard that one was found on his person and a second was found at the St. John’s Wood flat he shared with his fiancee Natasha Collins.
The 42-year-old’s body was found last Sunday in an isolated building at Paddington train station – six days after he went missing.
Detective Inspector William Jordan of the British Transport Police confirmed the cause of death as hanging.
Speight, who presented the BBC children’s show SMart, died three months after finding Natasha’s body in a scolding hot bath at their home.
He told police at the time that the pair had been ‘partying’, taking cocaine, sleeping pills and drinking alcohol.
In February, he resigned from his job and moved in with Natasha’s mum Carmen, who described him as ‘a broken man’, and who reported him missing last Monday, 7 April.
It is thought Mark blamed himself for Natasha’s death, and builders found him hanging from a steel beam at Paddington station on Sunday.
Kirsten O’Brien, Mark’s SMart co-presenter, described him as ‘the funniest man I know’, adding: ”Filming days were a joy as Mark would often have the crew and I doubled up with laughter and I think that showed on screen.
‘As well as his fantastic art skills, Mark had a childlike enthusiasm for life, which is what made him such a hit with young viewers.”
She added: ‘Mark could find light in the darkest situations for others. I’m only sorry he couldn’t find it for himself.’