TV actress killed herself after her mother died from breast cancer

Former TV actress killed herself because she ‘wanted to feel hurt’ as she struggled to cope after her mother died from breast cancer, inquest hears

  • Cady Stewart was unable to come to terms with losing her mother to cancer 
  • The 33-year-old and her mother Sharon lived together and were ‘inseperable’
  • Ms Stewart, a television extra, took an overdose at her home in Manchester 

Friends said Cady ‘didn’t want to feel happy’ and instead ‘wanted to feel the hurt’ in the months after her mother passed away

A young actress took her own life when she was unable to come to terms with losing her mother to breast cancer. 

Cady Stewart lived with her mother Sharon and the pair ‘relied on one another’ and had a ‘close and loving bond’, an inquest heard. 

But Ms Stewart was overcome with grief when her mother died in November last year following a battle with cancer.

Shortly afterwards, Cady was hospitalised when she took an overdose saying she ‘needed to be with her mum.’ 

Friends said the 33-year-old ‘didn’t want to feel happy’ and ‘wanted to feel the hurt’ in the months that followed. 

On June 2, Ms Stewart, from Droylsden in Greater Manchester, wrote a note asking friends to look after her Pomeranian dog Bella before taking a lethal overdose of drugs.

She was found at her home by a friend when she failed to answer texts and Facebook messages about meeting for lunch. 

Ms Stewart, who was an extra in TV shows and had jobs in hairdressing and retail, had stockpiled her mother’s medication and anti-depressant tablets, the inquest heard.  

Cady Stewart and her mother had a ‘close and loving bond’ and relied on one another, an inquest heard

Cady lived with her mother Sharon (pictured together), and was unable to come to terms with losing her

In a statement her cousin Gemma Johnson said: ‘Her dad wasn’t involved with her growing up. He did get in touch on Facebook and when I asked if she was going to do anything about it, she said no because he hadn’t been around for her her whole life.

‘She lived with her mum and spent a lot of time with her grandmother. They had a lot of sleepovers together. We were a close family growing up, I have quite happy memories of her and she was like a sister to me.

‘Cady was very close to her Mum, they lived together. She was a beautiful kind-hearted girl who was quite quiet.’

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Ms Johnson said Cady struggled to cope when her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  

Ms Johnson added: ‘She struggled to cope without her. Her friends noticed that she hadn’t been eating and was losing weight. She was concerned about finances.

‘I found out Cady passed away when I was on holiday, her friends found her. She didn’t want to feel happy, she wanted to feel the hurt.’

Cady was found dead in her home after taking an overdose of drugs, including her mother’s medication 

Cady was described as a ‘beautiful kind-hearted girl’ who was simply overcome with grief 

Close friend Lisa Whitworth who found Cady, told the inquest how she found Cady on June 2 this year. 

She said in a statement: ‘We went round to her house and saw Bella, her dog, in the living room downstairs, which was strange as she never left Cady’s side.

‘There was a note on the door telling us to look after her. We both went upstairs and Cady was on the bed. We were advised by the ambulance to perform CPR, but sadly she passed away.

‘We supported Cady since the passing of her mum. Cady had previously overdosed on morphine with belonged to her mum. She just couldn’t cope due to the passing of her mum.’ 

Pathologist Dr Vicki Howarth concluded Cady died after overdosing on a combination of drugs.  

Cady was found at her home in Manchester in June this year 

Det Insp David Loughlin said a note was left in Cady’s home asking friends to look after her dog, alongside a pad where she had written her ‘mood and her intentions.’ 

Cady’s GP Dr Rajesh Gulati told the inquest he saw over over several months, during which time her grief intensified. 

He added: ‘She did say to me that she did feel her life was worth living and she wanted to try on behalf of her mum. 

‘She had been offered grief counselling but she didn’t want to go there. There was nothing to suggest she wasn’t taking the medication.’

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Coroner Alison Mutch said: ‘It’s very clear from the evidence that Cady and her mother had a very close and loving bond.

‘Cady relied on her mum and her mum relied on Cady. Cady had been her mother’s primary carer and it is clear her death was a devastating blow. This was shown by the fact she made an attempt to take her own life.

‘She was acting on impulse and there was no intention of self-harm. She told nurses she wanted to live on in her mums memory. 

‘But it is clear from the evidence I have heard that she was good at hiding how she was feeling from her friends, family and her GP.

‘It is clear from the sheer volume of drugs that she had stockpiled them. I am satisfied that at the time of death she did intend to take her own life and she knew of the consequences.’ 

A report to prevent future deaths in relation to the restriction of opioid drugs in the community for palliative care was issued to the Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group.  

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