An assistant producer on The One Show died after becoming tangled in a shower hose at a countryside mansion, an inquest has heard.
Charlie Mott, 25, died in the early hours of August 23 during a party at a manor in Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire.
An inquest has heard that Mott died from hanging but the coroner recorded an open verdict after ruling there was no evidence that the assistant producer intended to kill himself.
Mott had been playing drinking games with friends in the five-bedroom house, and the coroner heard that he had been in ‘good form’ throughout the night.
However, the broadcaster had suffered mood swings throughout the night, with a friend telling the inquest in a statement: ‘His moods were up and down with highs and lows but this was normal behaviour for Charlie.
‘An hour or so before he was found, Charlie told me he hated himself and how unhappy he was.’
In the early hours of August 23, a friend named Jessica discovered Mott’s body in the ensuite bathroom, fully clothed, facing the wall ‘with a shower hose around his neck’ and his legs slumped behind him.
After screaming for help, friends dialled 999 just after 4am and began CPR on Mott, but it was too late.
His death was confirmed at 4.54am by paramedics from the South Central Ambulance Service.
A pathologist performed a post-mortem examination and concluded that Mott had died from hanging, after being found suspended forwards on his knees.
Mott was believed to have consumed up to eight pints at the party before moving on to spirits and liqueur, with toxicologist John Slaughter confirming that Mott was more than double the drink-drive limit associated with ‘impairment of judgement and staggering’.
A friend claimed that in the evening before his death, Mott’s mood had been up and down, and said: ‘We knew he was taking anti-depressants and at the party he went from happy to sad back to happy, but this was usual for Charlie.
‘At around 2am, Charlie came into my room. He seemed to be aimlessly wandering.
‘I was in bed when someone ran into the room later, shouting “Charlie is purple.” I started CPR on him, the shower hose had left an indentation and he was cold and blue. He never mentioned any suicidal thoughts or feelings.’
Mott had been prescribed medication for depression a month before his death after he had felt ;low for a couple of years’, but the coroner explained that he would not make an assumption just because Mott had mental health issues.
Coroner Crispin Butler told the hearing: ‘It is an unusual description, being found in the loop of the shower hose, not having constructed a ligature.
‘That, combined with the intoxication, does create questions that we do not have the answers to.
‘There is not a clear pathway that he positively took the action to do something in a clear-headed manner.
‘His head was in the loop of the shower, constricted due to the weight of his body. I do not see it being intentional.
‘One must not make assumptions based on engagement with the doctors or mood swings, the facts need to support it.
‘We need to identify that he undertook an act with the intention that his life will end as a result. There is nothing that has been constructed, it seems possible that he stumbled into it in an intoxicated state and not understanding what was going on, he was not able to free himself.
‘If you succumb to unconsciousness you will be unable to save yourself quite rapidly. It is all the more tragic as we do not fully understand the mechanics of what occurred.
‘How Charlie became entangled in a shower hose – whether that was something he was intending or equally it happened by him stumbling into it and not being able to recover – is not known. Ultimately, the mechanics of how he came to be in the shower hose we do not know.’
The coroner recorded an open verdict.
Mott’s mother and her partner, his father and his new partner, Charlie’s grandfather and his sister with her partner were present at the inquest in Beaconsfield yesterday.
Mott had lived in London with his friend from Bournemouth University, where he had studied multimedia journalism.
He had joined the BBC in 2018 and as well as working on The One Show, he had previously worked with Graham Norton on his Radio 2 show.
Back in August, Alex Jones paid tribute to Mott at the end of The One Show, getting choked up as she shared the tragic news.
She said: ‘Before we go, we just wanted to pay tribute to one of our colleagues Charlie Mott, who sadly died at the weekend.
‘Everybody on the team is absolutely devastated. He was hugely talented and such good company. We miss him so much.
‘Our thoughts are with his family and we are sending lots of love from all of us here.’
Iwan Thomas was one of those to give his condolences, tweeting: ‘Totally devastated, one of the nicest people I have met in this industry, always brought a smile to my face when I saw his name on the call sheet knowing I’d spend time with him.
‘Talented, kind & funny, taken far too young. Will miss you Charlie boy.’
Credit: Original article published here.