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Irishman Mark Halligan wrote “I have cracked” in a text before plunging 80ft to his death

The late Mike Halligan. Picture:
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AN IRISHMAN who fell 80 feet to his death from a London rooftop restaurant had typed a text in his phone saying “I have cracked” before he died, an inquest has heard.

Mark Halligan, a 29-year-old Dublin native, died on January 17 after climbing a two-metre fence on the seventh floor Coq d’Argent Brasserie on Queen Victoria Street near Bank tube station in Central London.

Mr Halligan, a Vodafone employee, had written several messages and saved them to his phone before his death, the coroner at the City of London Coroner’s Court was told.

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One read: “I’m bored of life and even the future possibilities disinterest me, nobody’s fault, nothing could be done to change it.”

The Independent reports that a second message said: “I no longer try to adapt myself to others. I’m not made for this world.

“I have cracked.”

Mr Halligan was on a short visit to London at the time of his death.

Coroner Dr Roy Palmer, who recorded a verdict of suicide, said: “I think if you jump off a roof in that way having left those messages I don’t think there can be any doubt about it.”

A post-mortem revealed there was no alcohol or drugs in Mr Halligan’s system when he died.

“I am very sorry you have lost your son and your brother in such sad circumstances,” Dr Palmer said.

It was also revealed at the court that Mr Halligan’s was the seventh death at the restaurant since 2007.

In 2013, the Coq d’Argent owners installed six-foot high barriers around the rooftop open space, as a security measure, and told security guards to question anybody who was alone on the terrace.

If you are struggling, contact the Samaritans on 116 123 for anonymous help


James Mulhall

James Mulhall is a reporter with The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @JamzMulhall

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