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Jury finds PR exec Kate died by suicide


Kate Fitzgerald

Kate Fitzgerald

Kate Fitzgerald

PR EXECUTIVE Kate Fitzgerald took her own life, the inquest into her death has found.

However, her father Tom Fitzgerald told Dublin Coroner's Court that he remains troubled by the circumstances of his daughter's death.

Ms Fitzgerald (25) was found hanging from a wardrobe at her home at Harty Place in Dublin 8 by two friends on August 23, 2011.

Her death made headlines when she was identified as the author of an anonymous article in The Irish Times about mental health in the workplace, published after she died.

The paper subsequently apologised to her employers The Communications Clinic, saying that some assertions in her article were "not factual".

The family had raised concerns about the nature of her death following the postmortem. However, State pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy ruled out a third party involvement and said Ms Fitzgerald died as a result of hanging.

The jury returned a verdict of death by suicide and added a recommendation that photographs be taken by attending gardai at the scene of any death.