BBC Radio Host Kills Herself After Walking Out Of Show
BBC radio host Vicki Archer hung herself after walking out halfway through her show adding that she “needed a break.”
Archer was co-hosting the 3-7 p.m. BBC Radio show with Adam Green when she went off the air shortly before 5 p.m. on August 7. She was later found dead at home hours after leaving the radio station.
Her step-father Lee Holyoake, 64, discovered Archer’s body at around 8:15 p.m. after he went to her home to fix her oven. He adds that he climbed in through an open window after getting no answer and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
She was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m local time. Archer had reportedly made two previous attempts to take her life and had suffered from depression. In the days leading up to her death, she had retweeted posts about inner demons and mental health issues.
She also shared links to the Samaritans’ hotline number which is a suicide prevention line in the UK and wrote about “hurtful gossip” adding, “Gossip is rarely kind, positive or encouraging. It’s corrosive, hurtful and normally has nothing to do with you. You don’t need to be part of it. Say no thanks and move away.”
The Shropshire Coroner John Ellery confirmed that Archer from suicide.
“Victoria had made two previous attempts to take her own life in the past and suffered from depression.Victoria left her radio show in mid-air and she said she was going for a break. My conclusion is Victoria did do the act that led to her death. She intended to kill herself, and that leads me to the inevitable conclusion of suicide. This is a tragic case for her family and our condolences are and must be with her children.”