A London musician, Imogen Goldie, from Camberwell, and her husband, Robert Wells, from Sunderland, were found hanged in an apartment in Cambodia with a note saying “NHS failings” on December 31st.
The couple were found by their friends in the seaside town of Sihanoukville. They left a note explaining their struggles with mental health and blamed the NHS for “constantly letting them down over problems with depression, bi-polar disorder and Aspergers.”
According to their landlord, the couple were also struggling to pay rent. Goldie was a singer-songwriter and was described by her friends to be a “creative genius.”
Her father, devastated, wrote on Facebook: “”With deepest regrets and unbearable sadness I received the tragic news that my daughter Imogen left this world on her birthday 2 days ago.
A singer songwriter who was far too sensitive for this world. She struggled to cope with its harshness and finally gave up. She was only only 28. I cannot find the words at the moment.”
Her mother Diane Goldie launched a crowdfunding page to help her get to Cambodia after the knowledge of her daughter’s suicide:
“I need to raise money fast so that my darling youngest daughter and I can go out to Cambodia to cremate my darling Imogen.”
Ian Elic Kamran took to Facebook to mourn her death: “Overcome with complete sadness and devastated to the core to learn that the wonderful, beautiful Imogen Saskia Goldie has passed away.
“I am very grateful to have been so close to this special human being for the past 10 years of my life. Thank you for allowing me to experience and appreciate your creative genius so closely.
“Thank you also for the uncontrollable laughter we shared, the warmth, affection, the closeness and understanding you have shown me and most of all so grateful for the transcendent love. To say I will miss you doesn’t even come close to describing the numbness I feel in my heart.”
According to the Police, the case is still under investigation. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with local authorities following the deaths of two British Nationals in Cambodia and are ready to support their families at this extremely difficult time.”