A coach driver facing child grooming charges killed himself after taking a large quantity of prescription medication, an inquest heard.
David Hughes, 44, was found dead at his home on Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, on Thursday, April 4.
An inquest at Blackburn Coroners Court was told Mr Hughes died from the overdose.
Coroner Michael Singleton ruled Mr Hughes killed himself.
He said: “Police found David Hughes deceased at his home address on Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors.
“He had ingested a large quantity of prescription medication intending to bring about his own demise.”
Lancashire Police said a Facebook page featuring ‘inappropriate’ comments about the driver was removed in March.
They added that there is no investigation into abuse on the social networking site.
Best friend and ex-fiancee Sarah, who did not wish to give her last name, said he didn’t deserve what happened to him.
Speaking after the inquest, she said: “The person who started the hate campaign has to live with his death on his conscience for the rest of his life.
“Dave didn’t deserve this because he would do anything for anyone and I will miss him and love him every day for the rest of my life.”
His boss at Abbey Coaches Terry O’Neil, who also attended the inquest, believes the online comments ‘pushed him over the edge’.
Speaking after the hearing he said: “All the coroner said was that he had taken too many tablets but there were no reasons behind why he took it, only that he was depressed.
“The Facebook thing definitely pushed him over the edge.
“He said to me nobody will believe me now it’s gone on Facebook.”
Mr O’Neil paid tribute to Mr Hughes who worked at his company for 18 months.
He said: “As a person he was a nice lad and would do anything for you.
“He would always have a laugh and a joke until the last few months.
“I had never seen him down before until then.
“I still have people calling me now to book a coach and wanting him to be the driver. He will be missed.”
Mr Hughes, who was originally from Durham, faced criminal charges relating to sexual grooming and inciting sexual activity with a teenage girl.
He was not suspended from his duties at Abbey Coaches during the proceedings against him.
He had appeared at Blackburn Magistrates Court in December and was due to appear at Preston Crown Court on June 12.
Lancashire Police previously confirmed that Mr Hughes’ body was discovered at around 3pm on April 4 when police attended his home address following concerns about his safety.