An inquest into the death of Extras actress Ashley Jensen’s husband Terence Beesley has concluded that he took his own life on 30th November 2017.
The shocking news broke four months ago. And now, an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the 60-year-old's tragic death has taken place.
Ashley Jensen, who was married to Terence for 10 years, issued a statement at the hearing at Avon’s Crown Court. She described the devastating incident, which took place at the couple's home in Camerton, near Bath.
The statement shared how she came home to find her husband in his car in the garage of their house. It has since been ruled that he died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
In her statement, Ashley said, "I was extremely shocked by what happened that night and I will never forget it.
"Terry and I had been together for 18 years but I had no idea he was capable of what he did."
The actress, who also shared a son with Terence, revealed that she last communicated with her husband via email and text in the afternoon before his death.
She came home to the scene and quickly called the emergency services. And while paramedics tried to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Coroner Peter Harrowing later delivered his verdict on the death, stating his belief that Terence “made a deliberate act”.
"There is no evidence that I have heard to indicate why Mr Beesley took the act that he did. But in any event, it is not my function to answer the question why Mr Beesley might have taken that act.
"Mr Beesley knew that his wife and young child were not at the house and he would not be disturbed... I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Beesley made a deliberate act."
However, despite the ruling of suicide, the BBC reports that Terence’s GP, Dr Sam Robinson, said he had no history of mental illness.
He admitted in court that Terence had "no past medical history of any mental health issues".
Our thoughts are with Ashley and her family at this difficult time.
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Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist specialising in homes, interiors and hobbies. She began her career working as the features assistant at woman&home magazine, before moving over to the digital side of the brand where she eventually became the Lifestyle Editor up until January 2022. Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards in 2019 for her work on womanandhome.com.
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