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Boy band star killed himself by jumping in front of a train

Singer Patrick Aspbury who died after jumping in front of a train

A singer who rose to fame as a member of the world's first choir boy band took his own life by jumping in front of a train.

Patrick Aspbury, 23, became a star after joining the three-piece boyband the Choirboys in 2005.

An inquest into his death heard he was undergoing treatment for schizophrenia when he died in April last year.

A jury heard that Patrick had been an inpatient of a mental health ward at the Linden Centre, in Broomfield, Essex, undergoing treatment for schizophrenia.

Despite Patrick's remarks about wanting to jump in front of a train just two days before his death, he was still allowed out on temporary leave from the centre.

He caught a bus from Great Baddow, before getting off at the station where he bought a ticket to Witham at around 3.20pm.

During the inquest jurors were played CCTV footage which showed Patrick sitting down for a short while, before jumping into the path of the train.

The court heard how the driver of the train, which had been travelling at 60mph, had applied the emergency brake but was unable to stop it in time.

The jury at Essex Coroners' Court returned the verdict that Patrick had committed suicide.