A jilted bride-to-be sent her fiancé one last text before taking her own life after he called off their wedding, an inquest heard.
Tina Skinner, 43, was devastated after splitting with Gareth Jones, 59, after four-and-a-half years.
An inquest heard she had been planning their wedding for September this year – but he called off the big day after a series of ‘trivial squabbles.’
The last time former soldier Gareth saw Tina was when he went to her home in November after telling her the wedding was off.
The hearing was told of the final text message conversation between Tina and Gareth the day before she was found dead.
She said: ‘Help me Gar.’
Gareth replied: ‘Please stay strong, everything will be alright. I promise.’
The final text from Tina said: ‘I love you.’
Tina was tragically found dead just one day later at her home in Bridgend, South Wales.
In a written statement read out to the coroners Court, Gareth Jones said the pair were due to marry on his 60th birthday in September 2017.
He said: ‘She became less outgoing to the point where sometimes she would not leave the house.
‘During the early stages Tina was outgoing. Sometimes she would talk to me…
‘She would often write her thoughts down on a piece of paper.’
The inquest in Aberdare, South Wales, heard the pair began to argue over ‘trivial matters’.
Tina suffered from a history of depression and had struggled to come to terms with the death of her mum in May 2012.
She was found dead by ex-husband Mark Skinner and was lying next to a handwritten note and a framed photograph of her mum.
Tina’s medical cause of death was bronchopneumonia and mixed drug toxicity.
Senior Coroner Andrew Barkley said: ‘We know that at the time of this terrible tragedy she was in a relationship recently with Gareth Jones. They had separated.
‘A note was found on the bed. It is very clear when one reads the contents of this note that Tina Skinner did not intend to be around for much longer.’