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Tragic Lucy found dead by her husband's friend

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 has heard.

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.

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She was originally from Enfield in Co Meath and her late father, David Foster, was well-known in equestrian circles but died in 1998 after a horse fell on him. Her mother is trainer Denise Foster.

Members of her family did not listen to the evidence at yesterday'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.

The family's solicitor, Una Power, thanked the coroner and the gardai for their handling of the case. "It has been very hard on both families," she said.

In his deposition, Robert Lanigan said he was best friends with James "Fozzy" Stack. 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.

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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.

He opened the bedroom door and saw Lucy slumped in a chair.

"I knew straightaway she was dead," he said and called the gardai.

Evidence in a deposition from Garda Mark Rabitte said he arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and saw nothing of a suspicious nature at the scene and no indication of foul play.

He found notes on a table which were addressed to family members, and outline details of Lucy Stack's funeral arrangements.

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