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Last Updated: Friday, 23 March 2007, 13:55 GMT
Police probe web cam chat death
Kevin Whitrick
Mr Whitrick had been using a web cam, police said
A father-of-two who apparently broadcast his own suicide live on a webcam died from hanging, police have confirmed.

The body of Kevin Whitrick was found on Wednesday night after a chatroom user contacted police to report the 42-year-old had "self-harmed".

Mr Whitrick, from Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, was found hanged by police.

His ex-wife said he had suffered a serious car accident in July 2006 and had never fully recovered.

In a statement Mr Whitrick's ex-wife said: "Kevin was a loving father and family man.

"He was always the life and soul of the party, an extremely considerate and kind person and loved by many.

"He will be so sadly missed by us all." West Mercia Constabulary said attempts were made to resuscitate Mr Whitrick, who has 12-year-old twins, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Groves said: "Our inquiries to date have revealed that Mr Whitrick was using an internet chatroom with a number of other people at the time of his death.

"Police have managed to secure some of the necessary internet files and these will form part of our investigation.

"We are working to ensure that witness support facilities are available to those who may have been affected by what they saw.

"We also have family liaison officers in place to support Kevin's family at this difficult time."

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