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Tribute paid by coroner at former journalist’s inquest

A coroner paid tribute to a former regional press journalist during an inquest into the death of the 40-year-old.

Former Bury Times reporter Terry Morgan, left, was found dead at his home in the town last July and Coroner Simon Nelson recorded a verdict that he had taken his own life while depressed.

He worked at the weekly paper for 20 years and Mr Nelson said he had “touched the lives of a great many people”.

Terry was working as a call-handler for Greater Manchester Police after taking voluntary redundancy from the paper in 2008.

The inquest at Bury Magistrates Court last month was told that a post-mortem found he died from asphyxiation as a result of the inhalation of, and exposure to, helium and letters which were discovered nearby had outlined his intentions.

In recording his verdict, Mr Nelson said: “I have no doubt that this is the only conclusion I can reach and it is with regret.

“Mr Morgan achieved a great deal in his life, not just professionally but in a voluntary capacity.”