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War reporter 'committed suicide'
James Forlong
Mr Forlong's wife thought he was playing computer games
A former Sky News reporter commited suicide after quitting his job over claims he faked a report on the Iraq war, an inquest has heard.

James Forlong, 44, was found dead by his wife Elaine just after 0230 BST on Saturday, 4 October at their home in Hove, East Sussex.

His body was found hanging from a door bracket at the house in Barrowfield Drive.

In a statement read to Brighton and Hove Coroners Court, Mrs Forlong described how she discovered her husband's body.

'Good and gentle man'

She said she assumed he had gone to an upstairs room to play computer games on the night he died as a way of taking his mind off matters.

She said: "At about 2am I was woken by my son. I went to the study to get James to help me.

"I could not open the study door and realised something was blocking it. I pushed harder and that was when I discovered James and I immediately called the emergency services."

She added that her husband was a "good and gentle man".

"The manner of his death was a terrible shock, one I could not have predicted and perhaps will never understand," Mrs Forlong said.

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

Mr Forlong was accused in a BBC documentary of fabricating a report about the firing of a missile into Baghdad.

The journalist resigned from his post of joint defence and royal correspondent in July after admitting to a "lapse of judgement" in presenting library pictures as live footage.

He said: "There was never any conscious intent to deceive the viewers, though I accept that was the outcome."


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