Promising teen boxer took own life after mental health battle

Mohammad Reza Ebadi-Farkoosh

A talented teenage boxer who was battling depression took his own life ­- just three weeks after police talked him down from the top of a multi-storey car park.

17-year-old Mohammad Reza Ebadi-Farkoosh, known to friends as Ash, was studying sports science at Bolton College.

Ash was found dead in the children’s play area of Thomasson Park in Halliwell in June this year after an evening out with friends.

His family say they want answers after an inquest heard he was not given any medication by medics following the multi-storey car park incident where he was found sitting at the top with his legs dangling over the edge.

The police convinced him to seek medical help, but after going to A&E that evening he did not take up the offer of a follow up GP appointment, the inquest heard. Three weeks later, he took his own life.

Ash had been struggling with his mental health, burdened with suicidal thoughts in the weeks leading up to his death, the inquest heard.

His brother Chan Farkoosh told the coroner that two police incidents changed him. After being arrested in 2015 as part of a police investigation, his mental health began to spiral.

In a statement read out at the hearing Chan said: “He was never really the same. He became withdrawn, he stopped going to the gym, he stopped boxing. He became very distracted.

“If there’s something that triggered him, it was that incident.”

Chan added: “If he was found on top of a building by police, he should not be made to wait with other sick people who have been prioritised for something else.

“He should have been put on medication straight away.”


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