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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Amy Fenton & Kieran Isgin

Footballer, 27, who was furloughed and lost mum during lockdown took his own life

A young footballer tragically took his own life after suffering from loneliness during lockdown.

Jordan Tucker-Blanc was found dead at his house in Silverdale Drive, Ribblenton, Preston, on November 2 by his dad Vincent, an inquest heard.

According to an inquest at Preston Coroner's Court on February 1, the 27-year-old had been furloughed during lockdown following the death of his mum - both of which caused extreme grief.

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Jordan was a captain for Longridge Town FC and had also played for Liverpool FC and Blackburn Rovers, he was described by his friends and family as "very athletic" throughout the inquest, Lancs Live reported.

"He played football pretty much most of his life," his cousin said during the inquest.

"He was at Liverpool, had trials at other clubs, played at Kendal Town. He was very athletic and loved football and always watched United."

Concerns had been raised last year on November 2 noting that Jordan had not been online for a long period of time - something "out of the ordinary" for him.

His dad visited the home and broke into the property to discover his son was dead inside.

It was later revealed by Jordan's partner, Elanor Morgan, that he had tried to get an appointment with his GP but was unable to secure one.

"It was lockdown, he had lost his mum; I thought he was doing okay until he became furloughed and was in the house on his own," Miss Morgan said.

"It was Christmas time that we thought he looked like he'd lost a lot of weight and didn't seem himself."

Jordan attended several private counselling sessions and by May 2021 he had "seemed better", Miss Morgan added.

"He started to make things and he started to seem like Jordan again and then August or September he started to deteriorate and hid himself away," she said.

Jordan's friends and relatives filled the coroner's court and described him as someone who "would help anybody".

"He was very, very outgoing and was always smiling," his cousin said.

"He loved his family; loved everyone."

He was also described as "an accomplished joiner" who could "turn his hand to anything".

The coroner described Jordan's death as "a tragedy" as he returned his conclusion of suicide.

After Jordan's death Longridge Town posted a tribute on Twitter: “Everyone at Longridge Town FC is devastated to hear this morning that our former player Jordan Tucker has passed away.

"A great player and more importantly, a great lad.

"You will be sadly missed mate, RIP. With your mum now. Our thoughts and love go out to Vinny and Jordan’s family."

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