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Celebrity Photographer Matt Irwin Has Killed Himself After Breakup


This story must be reported. A bright beautiful troubled star has gone out way too soon.

Standard reports –A photographer who counted Rita Ora, Kylie Minogue and members of One Direction as friends took a lethal dose of liquid ecstasy while suffering from depression, an inquest heard.

 Matt Irwin, 36, was found dead at his Hackney flat after taking a huge dose of party drug GHB.
Friends said he had become depressed after breaking up with his boyfriend, who went back to a previous partner. An “open letter to the world” was found on his laptop.

Mr Irwin started taking photographs after being given a camera by a friend when he was 15. Among the stars who paid tribute to him following his death in May was Ora, 25, who shared a picture of them online and wrote: “Matthew Irwin, you were always smiling, I’m so lucky to have known you, and shooting so many fun things together.”


One Direction star Harry Styles was among those who attended Mr Irwin’s funeral.

Poplar coroner’s court heard three of Mr Irwin’s friends visited his flat after failing to hear from him.

In a statement, Samantha Teasdale said the trio arrived at the apartment near London Fields to find the front door unlocked and Mr Irwin inside. Paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead.

Ms Teasdale’s statement said Mr Irwin had “a lot of friends” but had become depressed after his relationship ended.

Referring to the open letter on his laptop, Coroner Jacqueline Devonish said: “He describes depression as brutal. He writes that ‘as a guy you really can’t say you’re not coping’. He couldn’t look at himself in the mirror.”

Recording a suicide verdict, she said: “It is clear that he was depressed. He did however say in that note that he did wish he was dead.”



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