Inquest hears how talented musician from Norwich had recently become a father before he died

William Croft, 30, of Sprowston Road, who died after falling at the city's bus station.

William Croft, 30, of Sprowston Road, who died after falling at the city's bus station. - Credit: Archant

A popular and talented musician who died in Norwich city centre had only recently become a father, an inquest heard.

William Croft, 30, suffered multiple injuries when he fell onto Norwich bus station from a neighbouring car park on January 10 this year.

Despite the best efforts from members of the public who rushed over to help him, he died just hours later at hospital.

An inquest in Norwich yesterday heard how he told his partner she would never see him again following an argument earlier in the day.

But assistant coroner Nicholas Holroyd ruled out suicide, stating he could not be certain Mr Croft intended to take his own life.


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Sarah Proctor, his partner of five years, said they had been in a happy relationship and had their first child just weeks earlier in November.

Giving evidence she said: 'There is no way he would leave me and my daughter, he loved us so much. We both were so happy and I had never been so happy in all my life.

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'I still feel like it is a sick joke. It does not seem like something Will would ever do. No one can believe it.'

The inquest heard how they got into a small argument at their Sprowston Road home while clearing a room containing Mr Croft's musical instruments.

Miss Proctor said it was being turned into a room for their daughter, but Mr Croft had felt as though he was being made to give up his music.

She added: 'I knew something was wrong because he had never acted like that before.

'He said to me and my daughter that we were never going to see him again and I was freaked out because I had a crying eight-week old baby in my arms.'

Mr Croft, who could play several instruments and worked as a sales advisor at Naked Wines, left the house and turned off his phone.

The inquest heard that he previously talked about taking his own life and struggled to 'vocalise' his feelings.

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after being found at the bus station having jumped from the neighbouring car park, but died from his injuries.

Mr Holroyd said Mr Croft had 'everything to live for' and could have been on his way to stay with his mother in Harleston by bus.

He added he was not certain Mr Croft intended to take his own life and gave an open verdict.

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed can call Samaritans for help on 116 123.

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