Bitcoin trader, 23, takes own life after break-up and losing all his money

Bitcoin trader, 23, takes own life after break-up and losing all his money

Stefano Reale, 23, sent his ex girlfriend a photo of a tree with the words “remember this place” followed by a message “I’ve lost everything”, an inquest heard

Stefano Reale, 23, sent an emotional voice note asking a friend to “donate my organs” before his death

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A heartbroken man decided to end his life after breaking up with his girlfriend and losing all of his money to Bitcoin.

Stefano Reale, 23, had broken up with his girlfriend and lost his investment shortly before he took his own life.

His body was found by a passerby in a wooded area of Wanstead Flats in east London last September.

Mr Reale had sent an emotional voice note asking a friend to “donate my organs” before his death.

Emergency services were called and CPR was administered for 20 minutes but he was pronounced dead.

His inquest was held at Waltham Forest Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, reports My London.

The coroner heard Mr Reale had never sought professional help or medical advice for suicidal thoughts and his friends and family were unaware of his difficulties.

Shortly before his death he sent a number of WhatsApp voice notes asking for forgiveness.

A statement read out on behalf of his friend Kavilesh Ramparsad, who attended the inquest in person, said: “It seems difficult to me that he did this, even though I have lived with him and known him for a long time, he’s never given me the feeling of having these kinds of temptations. Many know him, and they know him as a very cheerful, sunny and very generous person.”

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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’. Being 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.

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.”

The inquest was told Mr Reale’s family in Italy are distraught over his death and are yet to receive many of his belongings.

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. Police and paramedics attempted to resuscitate Mr Reale but he was described as “very cold to touch” and lifeless.

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 and his cause of death was ruled as 1a suspension.

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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