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Newsline: UK Covid diplomat took his own life

A diplomat who vanished while working for the government’s Covid taskforce took his own life, an inquest has found. A coroner concluded that Mr Morris had taken his own life after suffering stress working for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and amid worries about his future. Senior coroner Christopher Wilkinson said: “Richard Morris took his own life while suffering severe and acute stress.” (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-60391309) The body of Richard Morris was discovered in a forest near to his home in Bentley, Hampshire, in August 2020. The 52-year-old former ambassador to Nepal was last seen running in the area on 6 May 2020. The inquest in Winchester heard he was under “severe stress” prior to his death. Mr Morris had worked long hours under high-pressure, helping co-ordinate briefings to ministers at a time when the UK was battling the fierce first wave of coronavirus, the inquest heard.

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