A 47-YEAR-old committed suicide by drinking a dangerous substance, an inquest has heard.
Nicholas Hoof, who lived in Sticklepath in Barnstaple, had a history of depression and attempted overdoses before he died on October 31, the day after his birthday.
The inquest also heard Mr Hoof suffered from intermittent episodes in which he appeared to lose a day.
Concern was raised by Mr Hoof's friend, Janelle McCracken, who tried texting him on October 28 last year.
She eventually called police who found him asleep inside.
Then at 4.30pm on October 30, Mr Hoof's birthday, Ms McCracken visited his property again and put a present for him through his letter box.
She visited his property again an hour later but could not get an answer.
She rang the police the next day.
PC Heather Smith attended the property at around 3.55pm and found Mr Hoof deceased on the floor of his bedroom.
She found a half-full bottle of a dangerous substance in his kitchen along with some orange juice and some copper coins and a box of ibuprofen.
She also found a receipt for the bottle of the dangerous substance in a bin dated October 24.
Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland returned a verdict of suicide.
She said: "Some time between October 29 and 31 Mr Hoof, who suffered mental problems and had taken a number of overdoses in the past, ingested a fatal quantity of [a dangerous substance].
"He intended the consequences of what he did."