A talented DJ took her own life after leaping from a tower block after a gruelling work schedule and a break up, an inquest heard.
Lucy Stone, 38, played at clubs Ministry of Sound and HedKandi, and performed at high-profile events where she worked long hours and flew 100 miles per day between her Abu Dhabi home and Dubai.
Lucy, originally from Chelmsford in Essex, died after jumping from a balcony of a 14-storey building on September 4 in Hampstead, North West London.
She flew into Heathrow Airport on September 2, a day after splitting up from JJ, her boyfriend of one week.
A few weeks prior she ended a five-year relationship with a long-term boyfriend named Andre.
The radio host spent her last evening catching up with her pal and fellow DJ Katie Hopkins, known as Katie Smiles.
Lucy was reported missing the next day when she had sent a WhatsApp message to her family saying she was struggling with suicidal thoughts.
She took her own life hours later.
Katie, who lived with Lucy in Abu Dhabi before she took another contract in Doha, Qatar, said her friend had appeared exhausted but happy the last time she saw her.
She told the inquest at St Pancras Coroner’s Court that the music industry could be tough and lonely and she wished she knew how much it impacted Katie.
University friends attended the inquest where Lucy was said to have died from multiple injuries as a result of suicide.
In her statement, Katie said: “She was amazing. She was a shining light in my life and an irreplaceable friend. Her sudden death has shocked me to the core. She is such a great loss to me and her family.
“Lucy’s career was incredible. She was on top of her game, working for the top clubs and promoters in the business.”
‘SHE WAS AT THE TOP OF HER GAME’
Lucy had told her bosses she would be off sick for one week after she split from her boyfriend JJ.
The pair started dating not long after Lucy and her long-term boyfriend Andre broke up amicably in August.
They had moved together to the UAE five years ago.
Katie said Lucy seemed fine the last time she saw her and added: “I am still trying to come to terms that I have lost an incredible soul.
“The music industry that Lucy and I were involved in can be a lonely and tough life and I wish I had known how much it had brought her down.”
The morning after Lucy’s death Katie said she turned on her phone to find messages from her Lucy’s sister Charlotte to check on her.
Katie added: “Police came to my apartment late that day to say Lucy had died by suicide.”
Sussex and Met Police launched an investigation and made enquiries at London Marriott Hotels, where Lucy had access to free accommodation due to her job.
Lucy was believed to have suffered from depression and bipolar disorder and had previously attempted to take her own life.
Police and the London Ambulance Service were called to an apartment block in Hampstead at about 5pm following reports of a woman jumping from a building.
Paramedics arrived within the minute and found Lucy with catastrophic injuries.
Lucy was identified by her tattoos and pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics performed CPR for half an hour.
Jonathan Stevens, assistant coroner, expressed his condolences to Lucy’s family and confirmed the cause of death as suicide.
He said: “Lucy was a much loved, bright and talented lady. She had broken up from her long-term boyfriend Andre and then had been in another short relationship which had broken down.
“She had been working long hours commuting hundreds of miles between jobs in the Emirates.
“She was tired and exhausted although when she saw Katie, she had put on a brave face.
“Lucy was clearly upset and she had sent a WhatsApp message to her family that she was planning to take her life. Then followed desperate attempts by the family.
“Tragically and sadly no one was able to find her before it was too late and Lucy had taken her own life, which she did by jumping off the balcony of the flats at Palgrave House.”
Pathologist Dr Liina Palm confirmed Lucy died from multiple injuries.
Mr Stevens confirmed the cause of death as suicide.
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