Tributes paid following death of popular UEA graduate Trystan Potter

PUBLISHED: 14:34 10 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:51 10 April 2015

The UEA and Sainsbury Centre.

The UEA and Sainsbury Centre. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY .


Tributes have been paid following the death of a popular University of East Anglia graduate, who left “wonderful memories” with those whose lives he touched.

Trystan Potter, 26, of Solario Road in Costessey, died at his home address on Wednesday, January 14, this year.

Yesterday, an inquest held at the Norwich coroner’s court heard how he told the Samaritans that he had been unhappy for around a year, but began “spiralling downwards” in the weeks leading up to his death.

In text messages to his mother, Mr Potter, who grew up in Gorleston, said he felt “seriously fed up”, “broken” and was “losing the desire to carry on”.

After he did not reply to messages from friends concerned about his welfare, they visited his house, where he was discovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Senior coroner for Norfolk Jacqueline Lake recorded a verdict of suicide.

In an online memorial book, close friends and family have posted touching tributes to Mr Potter.

His father, Brian Potter, wrote “always in my thoughts son”, saying “life does not seem to be getting any easier”.

Friend Nikki Hill said: “You will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting you. You’ve left such wonderful memories with everyone you came into contact with. I know I have many from growing up with you that I will treasure forever.”

After his death, Mr Potter’s employers, ETT Brand Delivery, issued a statement saying that he had been a “good friend” to many in the company. “When he started working with us he was still studying for his degree, however, seeing his potential, we agreed a flexible working arrangement that would enable him to combine his studies with working,” it continued. “Trystan started as a technical developer and over the years his intellect and talent flourished, leading to him taking on a more senior role and tasks.”

If you are affected by issues in this article, contact the Samaritans on 08457 909090.

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