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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Friend found body of Lucy Stack after text from husband 'to check on her' - inquest hears

Conor Kane

Published 25/08/2014 | 17:01

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Mourners attending the funeral mass of Lucy Anne Stack, inset, at St Ultans Church Rathcore, Enfield, Co Meath
Lucy Stack and the words she wrote in a note

A friend of well-known horse breeder Lucy Stack and her husband, trainer Fozzy Stack, found Lucy’s dead body in her bedroom after Mr Stack asked the friend to check on her, an inquest heard today.

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Lucy Stack (27) died at her home in Rosegreen, Cashel, Co Tipperary, on February 2 last and the coroner for Tipperary South, Paul Morris, ruled at her inquest in Clonmel that the evidence was consistent with suicide.

Ms Stack was married to racehorse trainer James “Fozzy” Stack whose own father is trainer and former top jockey Tommy Stack, the one-time rider of Grand National-winning Red Rum.

Members of her family did not listen to the evidence at today’s inquest but were outside the courtroom in Clonmel during the proceedings. Depositions were read into the record by Superintendent William Leahy and the coroner.

In his deposition, Robert Lanigan said he was best friends with James “Fozzy” Stack who was married to Lucy. He was aware James and Lucy had been “having some difficulties” in the last few months before her death, Mr Lanigan said. “Lucy had not been feeling herself for a while.” She had gone up to her parents’ home in Co Meath some time beforehand, before returning.

James left for South Africa on business on January 29 last, Mr Lanigan said in his evidence, and was due to fly back to Ireland on February 3. On Sunday, February 2, Mr Lanigan was at his own house when James called him and asked him to call over and check on Lucy as he had texted her during the day and she hadn’t replied.

Lucy Stack's last letter in full 

Racing world mourns as wife of trainer Stack dies aged 27

He drove over to the Stacks’ house and had a look around downstairs, calling her name a few times as he did so and getting no reply. There was a light on upstairs and he went up and knocked on her bedroom door. “When I was getting no reply, I knew this was going to be bad,” Mr Lanigan said.

“I knew straightaway she was dead,” he said.

There was nothing of a suspicious nature at the scene and no indication of foul play.

Pathologist Dr Fergus McSweeney said in his statement that there was no evidence of drugs while blood and urine alcohol levels were not in the toxic range.

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