A TEENAGE jockey who took his own life aged 19 sent his girlfriend a video saying he loved her before moments before his death, an inquest was told.
Michael Pitt was found dead in a petrol station car wash in Hungerford, Berkshire, on July 5.
The inquest at Reading Town Hall heard he had been on a night out with friends and drinking heavily before his death.
He sent his girlfriend Ellie a Snapchat video saying he had never stopped loving her just before taking his own life.
Michael’s mother Amanda said her son was a ‘loveable rogue’ but worried about the future of his relationship.
She said: “Michael was 100 per cent about everything he did, including his feelings for girls.
“He always had a playful side, if he had attention from other girls he could not walk away.
“He would always end up in a mess, one girl would text the other girl.
“He would tell me, ‘s**t hit the fan mum, I have lost both of them’.
“His feelings for Ellie were very different. He had messed around, I think he was terrified of her finding out.
“Maybe it all came to a head that night. Watching the Snapchat video, I think that was his concern.”
A pathologist concluded the cause of the young jockey’s death was hanging.
And he was found to have a ‘high level’ of alcohol in his blood, the inquest heard.
In a statement read out in court, Michael’s girlfriend said he was ‘using drink to help him sleep because he was having a tough time’.
‘LIVED LIFE TO THE FULL’
Assistant coroner for Berkshire Jenny Goldring said: “He was a young man, by all accounts, who lived life to the full.
“And had a promising career ahead of him as a jockey.”
Michael, the son of racehorse trainer Tim Pitt, was working as a stable lad for top trainer Warren Greatrex at the time of his death.
Greatrex said: “It’s an awful accident. He was a cracking lad and a really good young rider.
“He was loved by everybody and this has hit us all hard. He was a stable lad for us who had just got his amateur licence, he rode very well and worked hard as well.
“He’d been with us for about a year, he fitted in great and was a real cheeky chap. He always had a smile on his face and was very popular among staff.”
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