Luke Westlake, 26, who appeared in BBC’s Luther alongside Idris Elba hanged himself while out of work during
the COVID-19 lockdown, an investigation has found.
Luke Westlake, 26, had messaged his ex-girlfriend threatening to take his own life the night before
he was found dead, a coroner heard today.
The talented young actor appeared in episode 1 of BBC’s Luther season 5
After graduating from one of the UK’s top drama schools in 2017, the talented actor went on to appear
in Luther and BBC dramas Doctors and No Offense.
An investigation conducted today found that during the first nationwide lockdown last year, the actor was
stressed about not working and suffering from a long-distance relationship breakdown.
Luke, of Aylesbury, Bucks., Attempted suicide in April and again in June, the assistant coroner learned.
Just over a week after the first attempt in June, Luke texted his ex-girlfriend, Hannah Llewelyn, threatening to
take her own life – which was not uncommon, the coroner has learned.
tragically, the young actor was found dead the next morning of June 18.
The cause of death was held to be pending following a post-mortem examination, and a toxicologist
discovered a substantial amount of THC in Lukes’ body – indicating heavy cannabis use.
The investigation in Beaconsfield, Bucks., Was informed that in the months leading up to his death,
Luke was seeking therapy for child abuse.
But the actor was frustrated after being turned down – because specialists wanted to deal with his drug
and alcohol problems first.
Appearing via a video link, Dr. John Pimm, clinical manager at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust,
said: If anyone is using it will be very problematic for them to receive this treatment.
You should try to deal with the drug and alcohol problem and stabilize it for a reasonable period of time.
The key problem is that in trauma therapy you will be immersing yourself in some harrowing things from
someone’s past – to do that, they have to be in a perfect position.
If you haven’t done the pre-labor it’s hazardous; it’s like going to surgery without the pre-labor
It does not discriminate, affecting the lives of people in all corners of society – from the homeless and
unemployed to builders and doctors, to reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under 35, deadlier than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to kill themselves than women.