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Last Updated: Friday, 5 March, 2004, 17:29 GMT
'Chatroom death' suicide verdict
Philip Cranmer
Philip Cranmer was discovered hanging from a tree last September
A student who is believed to have used an internet chatroom to discuss taking his own life committed suicide, an inquest has found.

Philip Cranmer, 20, was found hanged in the back garden of his parents' home in Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands.

After the hearing on Friday his parents called for such chatrooms to be shut down.

Mr Cranmer's mother Barbara Boffey said she believed the sites had contributed to his death.

Mr and Mrs Boffey said they had no idea their son was having difficulties until they found diary entries which mentioned websites about suicide.

Mr Boffey said he would like to see the chatrooms closed down.

"We want to reiterate our calls for government action, for public debate and for much stricter supervision of suicide chatrooms even if they can't be closed down, which would be better," he said.

Mr Cranmer was discovered dead in his parents' back garden last September.

Birmingham Coroner Aiden Cotter ruled the 20-year-old had taken his own life.


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