Retired doctor who shot himself was found dead at Sheffield home by delivery driver

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A retired doctor who shot himself dead was found at his Sheffield home by a supermarket delivery driver

John Moll, a former rheumatologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, was discovered in the garage of his home in Millhouses Lane, Millhouses, in January, an inquest heard.

The 77-year-old had been suffering from depression, brought on by his declining physical health, Sheffield Coroner's Court was told today (Wednesday, April 5).

His son had visited him earlier that week and found guns out in the dining room, with ammunition nearby, but his father said at the time he had been cleaning the weapons.

Assistant coroner Laurinda Bower said this had caused his family 'distress and concern', particularly as he had been 'low in mood and didn't appear to be planning for the future'.

"He had been suffering from physical ill health which had an effect on his mental health," she added.

Ms Bower said a delivery driver for a local supermarket had arrived at Mr Moll's home on January 16 and found a note advising visitors to look in the garage, where he discovered the occupant dead with a gunshot injury to the head and a gun nearby.

Ms Bower said she was satisfied Mr Moll had taken his own life as police said there was no evidence of suspicious circumstances and he had left instructions about what should happen to his belongings and finances after his death.

She recorded a conclusion of suicide.

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