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Amy Fenton & Alahna Kindred

Footballer took his own life after furlough 'compounded' grief over mum's death

A young footballer took his own life after he was furloughed during lockdown, an inquest heard.

Jordan Tucker-Blanc, 27, was found dead at his home in Preston, Lancs., on November 2 by his dad Vincent.

The young joiner had been furloughed during the coronavirus lockdown and this had compounded the grief he was suffering since the death of his mum, an inquest at Preston Coroners' Court heard on Tuesday.

Jordan was the captain of Longridge Town FC and had played for Liverpool FC and Blackburn Rovers during his youth career, LancsLive reported.

He was described by friends and family during the inquest as "very athletic".

Preston Coroner's Court heard that Jordan was 'very, very outgoing and was always smiling' (LancsLive/MEN)

His cousin told the hearing: "He played football pretty much most of his life.

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

On November 2, the family found it "out of the ordinary" when Jordan had not been online for a while, the inquest heard.

When his dad Vincent went round to his home he broke into the property but found his son dead inside.

The coroner described Jordan's death as 'a tragedy' (Google Street View)

Jordan's partner Eleanor Morgan revealed he had tried to get an appointment with his GP but had been unable to do so.

Eleanor said: "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.

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

She said that he had attended several private counselling sessions and by May 2021 he had "seemed better".

Eleanor said: "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."

The coroner's court was filled with Jordan's pals and relatives who described him as someone who "would help anybody".

His cousin said: "He was very, very outgoing and was always smiling. He loved his family; loved everyone."

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

Returning to the conclusion of suicide, the coroner described Jordan's death as "a tragedy".

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."

*If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email or visit their site to find your local branch

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