An engineering company boss shot himself dead after his wife told him she was leaving because of his obsession with clay pigeon shooting.
Denise Thackery called time on her 34-year marriage to husband Stephen because he spent all his spare time indulging in the sport and drinking, a Rotherham inquest heard.
He begged her to reconsider and started buying her gifts and cleaning the house.
Mrs Thackery told the court: “He said he would cut down the drinking and shooting, but he didn’t.
“He was trying hard I suppose, but I didn’t want him to change who he was.
“It was just too late. I didn’t want him to buy me gifts or clean the house.
“I didn’t want him to drink so much or be out all the time shooting.
“He told me, ‘I can’t live without you’, but I just thought he was being ridiculous,” she said.
Mr Thackery, aged 57, was found in the garage at the family home in Mallard Close, Thorpe Hesley, near Rotherham, on February 22, with a shotgun by his side.
Three weeks earlier armed police were called when he drunkenly threatened to kill himself and he was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.
He told his son Ashley he was ‘going off to the garage to shoot myself’ but later told officers it was just a flippant remark.
Mrs Thackery said he repeatedly asked her to come back but she never thought he would take his own life.
In the hours before his death he texted her saying, ‘Goodbye the love of my life’.
Recording a verdict he took his own life, coroner Nicola Mundy said: “He never came to terms with the idea that he would be without his wife. He shot himself in the head and died instantly.”