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Suicide of actor's depressed son
Richard Todd pictured in 1974
Actor Richard Todd has lost two sons to suicide
The eldest son of The Dam Busters movie star Richard Todd shot himself in the head after suffering depression, an inquest has been told.

A coroner recorded a verdict of suicide on Friday after hearing details about how 53-year-old Peter Todd died.

He was found in his car in East Malling, Kent, in September 2005 with his finger on the trigger of a shotgun.

His 86-year-old father, from Little Humby in Lincolnshire, also lost his youngest son to suicide in 1997.

Peter Todd's half-brother Seamus was only 20 when he shot himself.

Peter Todd's widow Jill said: "He was extremely angry that Seamus did what he did [and] it took its toll."

I am so sorry that I cannot face life alone without you
Peter Todd's suicide message to his wife

Mrs Todd told the inquest, at Maidstone County Hall, that her late husband also worried about health problems, sometimes drank too much and could be controlling and obsessive.

She left him on one occasion but "went back on the understanding that he would change, but he didn't".

Mr Todd, of Wateringbury in Kent, repeatedly threatened to take his own life.

He left a suicide note for his wife, saying: "I am so sorry that I cannot face life alone without you."

He died from injuries caused by a bullet wound to the front of his head.

After the inquest, Mrs Todd said: "Peter's decision to end his own life was a devastating shock that his family, friends and colleagues are still struggling to come to terms with."

He was buried at the family plot in Lincoln.


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