A Holland’s Pies worker was found hanged just days before of the anniversary of his son’s cot death, an inquest heard.
Kieron Feathers, of Foxfields Close, Oswaldtwistle, was found on grassland near the Straits club by his partner’s sons Edward and Thomas Briggs.
Blackburn Coroners Court heard how shortly before the discovery they knew ‘something serious had happened’ after finding a ‘pool of blood’ at his home and a kitchen knife.
Mr Feathers, who was keen fisherman and a member of the Prince Albert Angling Club, was pronounced dead at the scene on July 3 this year aged 51.
A statement from Thomas Briggs, read out at the inquest, told how Mr Feathers had a son who died around 20 years ago from cot death and the anniversary was only a few days before his death.
He said: “He would talk about his son and we would talk about it together. He also lost his parents a year later.
“He blamed himself for his son’s death because he would work 13 to 14 hours a day and then would go to the pub and didn’t see a lot of his son in the early months.”
Mr Briggs said a few days earlier Mr Feathers’ behaviour had ‘changed a little’ and he ‘started to distance himself’.
Mr Briggs said Mr Feathers, formerly a member of the Oswaldtwistle National Association Club, started ringing him more during the day and ‘kept asking all the time’ to see his daughter.
The inquest heard how he also sent a text to his partner Hazel Briggs saying ‘I love you with all my heart’ which was ‘out of character as he was never a soppy kind of man’.
Mr Briggs said he was a ‘brilliant step-dad to me and my brother Edward’ and was a ‘brilliant granddad to my daughter and his own children’.
Edward Briggs said he also had a conversation before Mr Feather’s death where he told him ‘after me you need to look after your mum because you’re the next man’.
Mr Feather’s daughter Zoe Goodbier described him as ‘old school’ and how a few days before his death he sent her a text saying ‘he loved me with all his heart’. Speaking about his son’s cot death, she said: “It’s not something that ever left him and it’s not something you ever got over. Obviously it would upset him.”
A post-mortem examination found Mr Feathers died of hanging and coroner Michael Singleton ruled he killed himself.