Hanged teenager died accidentally - parents pay tribute to wonderful son

PUBLISHED: 18:22 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 06 May 2010

Rupert is pictured on the right in his school cadet force uniform

Rupert is pictured on the right in his school cadet force uniform

A BRIGHT and active teenager found hanging from his bunk bed died accidentally and didn t intend to kill himself, a coroner has ruled. Rupert Marson, age 14, was found dead in his bedroom by his father at their home in Boundary Road, St Albans, on Sunday

A BRIGHT and active teenager found hanging from his bunk bed died accidentally and didn't intend to kill himself, a coroner has ruled.

Rupert Marson, age 14, was found dead in his bedroom by his father at their home in Boundary Road, St Albans, on Sunday June 8.

At the inquest into his death today (Thursday) it was stated that the St Columba's College pupil had been "feeling down", but was still talking enthusiastically about his interests and was looking forward to a camping trip.

Herts Coroner Edward Thomas said he found nothing to indicate that Rupert had any intention of taking his life and said he had considerable doubt that he knew his actions would lead to his death.

Mr Thomas said the teenager, who was named best cadet in the school force shortly before his death, had an inquisitive nature before adding: "He was curious and experimental and, in the words of his mum and dad, sometimes reckless."

The inquest heard that Rupert was actively involved in his school's pastoral policy and enjoyed exploring philosophical matters including deep and complicated issues such as the meaning of life and death, which had got him down.

Mr Thomas said: "He was deeply affected by matters such as the brutality of the war and sense of devastation like many people that age begin to feel about these things."

He added that he was a remarkable and talented boy who was loyal to his family and friends and said: "He was described by his parents as everything they would have wished for."

Rupert's interests included skateboarding, rollerblading, rugby, swimming, cars, playing the guitar, and he had intended to pursue acting.

Mr Thomas extended his condolences to his family and friends and strongly criticised the national press for causing "compounded agony" to them by speculating that Rupert committed suicide because of bullying.

Following the inquest, his parents Richard and Mandy Marson said: "Rupert had a short life - but not a small life. The impact that he made on those who knew and loved him will never be forgotten and despite our crushing sadness at his loss, we are grateful for the gift of such a wonderful son.

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