Tragic Sheffield mum died after losing teenage son to cancer and husband to heart attack

A Sheffield mum who was struggling with her mental health following the death of her husband and teenage son died as a result of misadventure, an inquest heard.

Saturday, 24th July 2021, 7:42 pm

An inquest was resumed in Sheffield into the death of Becki Lax, 43 who was found dead at her home in High Green on October 8 last year.

The inquest heard police had found her body at her home on Worrall Road after they received a 999 call following concerns for her welfare from a friend.

She had been alone in the house and there were no suspicious circumstances.

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Sheffield Coroner's Court

Assistant coroner Mrs Tanyka Rawden heard Becki had spiralled into depression and struggled with major life events including childhood trauma, the loss of her teenage son from cancer and then her husband to a heart attack.

A member of the Barnsley Single Point Access Team said Becki had been offered treatment and engaged with it.

The family raised concerns about the fact that the mental health team had not informed them about her depression and questioned what they saw as a lack of communication between different teams.

“I asked for consent to speak to her family but she declined it,” the team member added.

The coroner ruled her death the result of misadventure and said that she thought it had been an “impulsive act with unintended consequences”.

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