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Man, 23, took own life after break-up and losing money on Bitcoin

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A young man took his own life in a park after breaking up with his girlfriend and losing all of his money after investing it into Bitcoin, an inquest has heard.

Stefano Reale, 23, was found in a wooded area of Wanstead Flats on September 4, 2021. Emergency services attempted to revive him for 20 minutes, reports MyLondon.

The coroner heard that shortly before taking his own life, Mr Reale had sent his ex-girlfriend a photo of a tree, with the words ‘Remember this place’.

Unaware of his intentions, she had responded to say it looked “nice and peaceful”, to which he replied by sending her a photograph of his bag with a teddy bear inside.

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He followed this by saying, “I’ve lost everything, good luck,” to which she thought he was referencing their recent split. A number of voice notes were also retrieved from his phone which he had sent to his friends, one of which referenced his money problems and involvement with Bitcoin.

In one emotional voice note, read aloud to the court, Mr Reale, originally from Palermo in Italy, said: “I just wanted to say, when I die, donate my organs. I want to help someone else.”

In a statement read out in court on behalf of Mr Reale’s dad, who was in Italy, he explained he had a video call with his son two days before his death where he seemed “happy” at getting a new job with Amazon.

“He was happy and so was I,” the statement continued. “[My son] had paid the rent of the house where he lived and had filled his refrigerator with groceries to eat all week.”

Two days later, a call was made to the London Ambulance Service at 6.26pm from a member of the public, who had found his body.

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Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence

Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won’t show up on your bill

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to other information

Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. Has a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58

For information on your local NHS urgent mental health helpline, visit here

A black backpack was placed next to the tree, which contained documents confirming his identification. A post-mortem examination found no traces of alcohol or drugs.

Having given a conclusion that Mr Reale had taken his own life with no suspicious circumstances, the coroner expressed the importance of discussing mental health. She said: “It was just so tragic that he was so young and no one knew what he was thinking and didn’t have the opportunity to help him. He didn’t seem to share his thoughts until it was too late.”

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