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BBC radio host took her own life after walking out during her show

‘Depression’: Vicki Archer PICTURE: SWNS

A BBC presenter hanged herself at home after leaving work midway through her afternoon radio show, an inquest heard.

Vicki Archer, 41, who had struggled with depression, was found dead hours after she left BBC Radio Shropshire at about 5pm on August 6, telling colleagues she needed a ‘break’.

Her step-father Lee Holyoake, 64, discovered her body in the loft at her Shrewsbury home at around 8.15pm after he went round to fix her cooker with her mum Beryl, 73, and couldn’t gain access.

Shropshire coroner’s court heard ‘alarm bells started to ring’ for Mr Holyoake when he learned she had left work early and ‘upset’.

He climbed in through an open window and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The divorced mum-of-three was pronounced dead at 8.21pm. Coroner John Ellery concluded she died as a result of suicide.

He said: ‘Victoria had made two previous attempts to take her own life in the past and suffered from depression.’

Ms Archer had retweeted posts about mental health issues and shared links to the Samaritans’ hotline in the days before her death.

She also wrote about ‘gossip’, saying: ‘It’s corrosive, hurtful and normally has nothing to do with you. You don’t need to be part of it. Say no thanks and move away.’

The BBC’s David Jennings said: ‘Her loss leaves a huge void. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.’