The 82-year-old from Fremington suffered with depression but inquest heard his death came as ‘complete shock’.

A coroner has concluded an 82-year-old retired plumber who was found dead on the road under the Torridge Bridge in February intended to take his own life.

Kenneth McEvansoneya, of School Lane, Fremington, had been prescribed antidepressants in the days before he died on February 28, but an inquest on Thursday heard his death was a ‘complete shock’ to his family.

Mr McEvansoneya had been suffering from severe headaches for a short time, and had not been sleeping well.

On the evening of February 27, Mr McEvansoneya and his wife Agnes went to bed at around 10pm. When she awoke at 4.30am he was not there, though the inquest heard he often went for early morning walks to ‘get out’.

McEvansoneya’s body was discovered at around 5am and a post mortem ruled he had died from multiple injuries caused by the ‘very high’ fall. Police discovered his car parked on the bridge.