A BBC comedy executive killed herself months after finding her ballet dancer son hanged at their family home, an inquest heard.
Helene Beauchamp, 46, had tragically told pals she had “nothing to live for” after her 16-year-old son took his own life.
She had struggled to get over the death of her son, James, and took an overdose before collapsing at a doctor’s surgery.
She died five days later in a Basingstoke hospital on April 15, 2019.
The coroner was told Mrs Beauchamp worked in TV production for 20 years – on shows such as Birds of a Feather – and was a lover of food, ballet and travel.
The proud mother often tweeted about ballet in support of her son, who performed in the classic The Nutcracker in December 2015 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.
The inquest into the distraught mum’s death heard she had tried to take her life the day after James’ funeral but had survived.
Mrs Beauchamp had also been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where a member of staff told her “you’re still young, you can still have more children”.
Alexander Langford, a consultant psychiatrist at The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury, where she was admitted, told the hearing: “Every time we spoke to her the loss of James was central to how she felt, she said if James was to somehow come back, she would be fine.”
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Although Mrs Beauchamp was considered a high suicide risk, she was discharged from the Aylesbury centre on March 27 2019.
Mr Langford said: “She said that if she was to rebuild her life, move to Andover [with her partner] and build a support plan, then maybe she would be able to cope with her grief. In my clinical career, Helene was the hardest challenge, she was something else.”
A post-mortem examination carried out on the body revealed she died from hypoxic brain injury due to multiple drug toxicity.
The coroner said that Mrs Beauchamp had left her family and friends a suicide note which praised the support she received.
The assistant coroner said: “She was apologising for the pain. After what happened to James she was acutely aware that she would put her family through pain.
“She said ‘my journey out of this world was planned’ and it is clear it was a final goodbye to the ones she loved.”
Concluding the inquest, Mrs Marsh said: “Helene’s story began on December 5 2018 – prior to this there are no real mental health problems – but on that date Helene has devastatingly come home to find her beloved only son having committed suicide.
“She discovered him hanged and tried to revive him but that whole experience was understandably distressing, traumatic, and utterly life shattering.
“She said the sole purpose of her life was to be James’ mother and he was not there anymore but then she flipped to talking of a future sadly without James.”
The assistant coroner ruled that Mrs Beauchamp died as a result of suicide.
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