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By HUGO GYE
PUBLISHED: 12:26, 5 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:08, 6 March 2014
A devoted husband committed suicide hours after seeing his wife die in hospital, telling her, ‘I’ll see you later’, an inquest has heard.
Adrian Cross never spent a night apart from his wife Tammy during their 15-year marriage, and vowed that he would not live without her.
Hours after she died from a debilitating lung condition in October last year, he was found dead at home wearing her pink dressing gown and holding her photograph.
Devoted: Mr Cross, 45, always insisted he could not live without his beloved wife of 15 years
The pair married in the Dominican Republic in 1999 and lived together in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.
However, for the last three years of her life Mrs Cross, 37, had trouble breathing, and she died in hospital watched by her husband.
Relatives thought he was planning to return to the hospital to pay his respects, but instead he returned home and took a fatal overdose.
Together: Mr and Mrs Cross never spent a night apart in all the time they were married
Fighting back tears, Mr Cross’s aunt Yvonne Thornley told the inquest: ‘He said, “I’ll see you later Tam.”
‘I thought he meant he was going back up to the hospital, but obviously he didn’t.’
Coroner Andrew Barkley asked Mrs Thornley if she heard Mr Cross say: ‘I won’t be long behind you’ and ‘I can’t live without you’.
She replied: ‘Yes, he was saying a lot of things like that.’
Mrs Cross’s sister Dawn Jones told the inquest her brother-in-law had previously said: ‘If anything happens, I’ll be straight behind her’.
She said he had told her at the hospital, ‘You know the score Dawn,’ adding: ‘That meant he was going, but none of us thought he would do it then.’
At home: Mr Cross was found dead wearing his wife’s dressing gown and holding her photograph
A toxicology report carried out on Mr Cross’s body showed that he had fatal levels of painkillers and anti-depressants in his blood and urine.
Mr Barkley recorded a verdict of suicide.
At the time of the couple’s death, Mrs Cross’s father David Jones said that he had never known a pair more devoted to each other.
‘In all the years they were together they had never spent a night apart,’ he said. ‘Their love was so strong that if they went out they would write love notes to each other.
‘I have never seen love like it and I don’t think I ever will again. Adrian always said that if anything ever happened to her he would be straight behind her.’
More than 1,000 people attended the couple’s funeral at St John’s Church in Cefn Coed.
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